Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (685)

Michael P. Kitt

Question:

685. Deputy Michael P. Kitt asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a garda, who has reached the age of 50 years, is eligible to retire on a full pension, even though the person does not have the full 30 years service (details supplied); if there is an option to purchase the outstanding service; if there are any other options available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22892/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Members of An Garda Síochána who joined the force prior to 1 April 2004 may retire on full pension once they have served for at least 30 years and they have reached 50 years of age. Members of An Garda Síochána who joined the Force on or after 1 April 2004 may retire on full pension once they have served at least 30 years and have reached 55 years of age. In both cases members must retire once they reach 60 years of age.

Members of An Garda Síochána who are over 50 years of age and do not have 30 years service may also avail of a cost neutral early retirement (C.N.E.R.) scheme. Their pension and lumps sums are actuarially reduced depending on their length of service and age at the time of retirement.