Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (53)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

53. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to implement a review of pension age for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25952/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) carried out a review in relation to the retirement ages of Public Servants in 2017. It was agreed at that time with DPER, that the retirement age for members of the uniformed fast accrual group, which included members of the Permanent Defence Force along with the Gardaí, Firefighters and Prison Officers, was best dealt with at sectorial level. The detailed policy, operational and manpower issues relevant to these groups could be appropriately considered at that level.

The White Paper on Defence (2015) contains a commitment to conduct, in the medium term, a review of HR policies which includes retirement policies and age profiles for personnel across the Defence Forces.