Written Answers. - Garda Retirement Age.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

52 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on the suggestion made by the Garda Commissioner that a retirement age of 60 might be more suitable than the current age of 57; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17108/03]

The current position is that members of ranks in the Garda Síochána up to and including inspector must retire at 57 years of age.

The commission on public service pensions has recommended,inter alia, that members should have the option of being retained to a maximum age of 60 rather than 57, subject to meeting minimum health and fitness standards.

My objective is to have a fit, active and experienced force with an appropriate balance as regards the age profile, and I have considered the retirement ages applicable to the Garda Síochána with this aim in mind.

Arising from my consideration of this matter, it is my intention to bring proposals to Government in relation to retirement age in the Garda Síochána in the near future.