Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Ceisteanna (72, 73)

James Lawless

Ceist:

72. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the public servants being referred to in section 3A(6) of the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018; if employees in the education sector who have reached 65 years of age between 1 September and 25 December 2018 can benefit from the new extended retirement age of 70 years of age under the Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5908/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

James Lawless

Ceist:

73. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to amend the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 to extend coverage of the Act to include the public servants who were forced to retire between 6 December 2017 and the commencement of the Act due to reaching 65 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5909/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 73 together.

The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 provides for an increase to age 70 in the compulsory retirement age of most public servants recruited before 1 April 2004. The public servants covered by the new Act are termed "relevant public servants" and that term is defined in Section 2 of the Act. Only those public servants, including those employed in the education sector, who have not retired prior to the enactment of the legislation (26 December 2018) can avail of the provisions of the Act.

I have no plans to amend the recently enacted legislation.