Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (387)

Michael Healy-Rae


387. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if a matter will be addressed regarding the retirement age of mental health nurses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46547/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004 was passed on 25 March 2004. The Act introduces new superannuation and retirement provisions for new entrants to the public service appointed on or after 1 April 2004.

New entrants recruited or employed after 1 April 2004 (and up to 31 December 2012) have no compulsory retirement age and generally can retire from age 65. However, where an individual had a written offer of appointment as a public servant before April 2004 and took up that offer after 1 April 2004, they were not regarded as a new entrant.

Public servants recruited since 1 January 2013 have a compulsory retirement age of 70 years and can generally retire from age 66 initially and then in line with increases in the Contributory State Pension age.

There are no plans to change the above legislation.