Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (141)

John Deasy

Ceist:

228 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will consider allowing the changes in the retirement age for gardaí to be brought into effect immediately for all serving members, and not just for members who join the force after 1 April 2004, to ensure that the changes will have an immediate effect on the numbers in the force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6385/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Garda Síochána (Retirement) Regulations 1951 govern retirement from the Garda Síochána. These regulations state,inter alia, that every member of the Garda Síochána shall retire from the Garda Síochána on attaining the age which is applicable to the rank in the Garda Síochána at the time of retirement by each member, that is to say, in the case of a member holding the rank of chief superintendent or superintendent on attaining the age of 60 years; and in the case of a member below the rank of superintendent on attaining the age of 57 years.

There are currently no plans to alter these regulations for serving members. The changes in the retirement age for members of the Garda Síochána, outlined in the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2004, will apply only to "new entrants" who are recruited to the Garda Síochána after 1 April 2004.