Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Questions (120)

John Lahart


120. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 currently availing of the increase in the compulsory retirement age from 65 to 70 years of age for public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20392/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I and my Department are responsible for the civil service pension schemes, which cover personnel in established and unestablished civil service and State Industrial posts.

It would be a matter for those sectoral authorities, including relevant Ministers, to supply such information as may be available in respect of the wider public service.

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 was enacted on 26 December 2018 and came into effect immediately from that date.

The Act provides that any public servant covered by the legislation, who had not reached their compulsory retirement age before 26 December 2018 now has a compulsory retirement age of 70. This gives them the choice to work beyond the age of 65 to age 70, on existing terms and conditions, subject to the normal standards of health and performance etc.

Based on the information provided by the National Shared Services Office (NSSO), the numbers of civil service pensioners who have retired aged over 65 for both 2019 and 2020 are 43 and 111 respectively.

Question No. 121 answered with Question No. 65.