15. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps that have been taken or need to be taken to change the mandatory retirement age in the public sector; the cost benefit analysis of increasing the mandatory retirement age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46865/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): An Interdepartmental Working Group, chaired by my Department was established in 2016 to examine the issues arising from prevailing retirement ages for workers in both the public and private sectors. This examination was in the context of the current age of entitlement to the State Pension and the scheduled increases to the State Pension age in 2021 and 2028. 
The Group, whose Report was agreed by Government in August 2016, con...

224. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a person (details supplied) who retired from An Garda Síochána in 2004 and who subsequently took up employment with the Courts Service 11 days later is not deemed a new entrant and therefore must retire at the age of 65 years of age; the reason for this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35058/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 (‘the 2004 Act’) provides in general that an individual who takes up an appointment in a public service body on or after 1 April 2004 is classed as a ‘new entrant’.
However, the legislation makes various exceptions for those public servants who, in the 26 weeks prior to appointment, had previously worked in the public service and had not been deemed to be new...

353. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to extend the retirement age beyond 65 years of age for local authority employees who entered employment prior to 1 April 2004 to bring them in line with those that entered the public service on or after 1 January 2004 that are not obliged to retire on age grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26591/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

355. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of progress on work on the abolition of the mandatory retirement age in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26686/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

363. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to change the mandatory retirement age in the public sector, in view of the fact that many persons wish to continue working beyond the age of 65; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26990/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

364. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding public sector retirement; the status of legislation in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27027/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

380. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on progress implementing the recommendation in the interdepartmental report on fuller working lives to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned age of entitlement to the State pension (contributory); the nature and scope of contact with public sector employers regarding the implementation of this recommendation; the public sector employers with which his Department has been in contact on this matter; when he expects the review to be concluded; when the review will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27424/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

385. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when forced retirement at 65 years of age for employees in the public sector will be reviewed and extended to an older age; the timeframe for this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27794/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353, 355, 363, 364, 380 and 385 together.
On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned ag...

162. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to extend participation in the public service up to and including the current and planned age of entitlement to the contributory State pension; if primary legislation is required for a change in the compulsory retirement age for public servants; his plans in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25123/17 asked on 25 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): An Interdepartmental Working Group, chaired by my Department, was established early in 2016 to examine the issues arising from prevailing retirement ages for workers in both the public and private sectors, in the context of the current age of entitlement to the State Pension and the scheduled increases to the State Pension age in 2021 and 2028.
The Group, whose Report was agreed by Government last August, considered policy arou...

164. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) working in the public sector can have their contract of employment extended beyond 65 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25122/17 asked on 25 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The position with regard to the retirement age of the employee concerned is determined by his contract of employment. 
With regard to mandatory retirement age in general, this is a public service wide issue. The terms and conditions of employees in the public service is generally a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. In this context an Interdepartmental Working Group on Fuller Working Lives, chaired by the Department of Public Ex...

186. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will engage with a group (details supplied) in upcoming negotiations to ensure that the rights and conditions for retired public servants are fully addressed as part of future agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23511/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 188 together.
There is no legislative provision for access to third-party adjudication in respect of pension increases for recipients of public service pensions. Indeed there is no such facility for recipients of the Contributory State Pension. However, the interests and concerns of public service pensioners in relation to public service pension issues have been regularly articulated i...

188. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will meet with representatives of a group (details supplied) to discuss the restoration of pensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23564/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 188 together.
There is no legislative provision for access to third-party adjudication in respect of pension increases for recipients of public service pensions. Indeed there is no such facility for recipients of the Contributory State Pension. However, the interests and concerns of public service pensioners in relation to public service pension issues have been regularly articulated i...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on the fact that a person (details supplied) who has worked as a community employment scheme supervisor for 24 years is being forced to take mandatory retirement at 66 years of age and will receive only the basic State pension of €230 per week upon retirement. (Question 21147/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Community Employment (CE) is a non-statutory scheme put in place to support persons who are long-term unemployed and other vulnerable groups to gain the confidence and skills to re-enter the labour market. Schemes are sponsored by local community and voluntary groups who provide valuable support services to local communities. These sponsoring organisations employ supervisory staff to administer the scheme and funding for this purpose is pro...

438. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when it is intended to extend the mandatory retirement age across the public service and Civil Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17675/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware, an interdepartmental working group, chaired by my Department, was established early in 2016 to examine the issues arising from prevailing retirement ages for workers in both the public and private sectors, in the context of the current age of entitlement to the state pension and the scheduled increases to the state pension age in 2021 and 2028. The group, whose report was agreed by Government last Augus...

389. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health his views on correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5509/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I will first address the general issue of retirement age. An Interdepartmental Working Group, chaired by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, was established in early 2016. This Group was to examine the issues arising from prevailing retirement ages for workers in both the public and private sectors, in the context of the increase in the State Pension age from 65 to 66 in 2014 and the scheduled further increases to the State Pension age in...

105. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) was refused ill health retirement by the chief medical officer. (Question 41398/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that it is a matter for the Chief Medical Officer to determine whether or not a member of staff meets the crite...

87. Deputy Josepha Madigan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans regarding raising and or abolishing the mandatory retirement age; and if there are plans underway to progress the Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014. (Question 38536/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): In my role in the Department of Justice and Equality, I have responsibility for equality legislation, which provides for retirement ages in line with the relevant EU Directive provision that differences of treatment on the grounds of age are permissible if, within the context of national law, they are objectively and reasonably justified by a legitimate aim including legitimate employment policy, labour market an...

370. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a person is precluded from working as a census field officer due to age and or taxation reasons; if there are any reasons that persons over 65 years of age are prohibited from taking up casual work, temporary work or contract work in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31937/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”) commenced with effect from 1 January 2013. It applies to almost all public servants recruited from that date and provides, inter alia, for a maximum retirement age of 70 for all members. On that basis, any member of the Single Scheme must retire on reaching the age of 70.
I understand that employers may specify a retirement age for employe...

300. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if persons will be allowed to work until they reach 66 years of age (details supplied). (Question 29431/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): An Inter-Departmental Working Group on Fuller Working Lives was established earlier this year under the chairmanship of my Department which considered policy around retirement age in both the public and private sectors, examining implications arising from retirement ages now and in the future.  That Group reported recently and in accordance with one of its recommendations, my Department is currently preparing to carry out a rev...

72. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28774/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

The Taoiseach: No lump sum on retirement was granted by my Department to persons outside the Payroll Shared Service Centre during the period 2013 to 2015.
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74. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by her Department. (Question 28771/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the table and is in respect of retirement lump sums administered by my Department in respect of An Garda Síochána and the National Disability Authority. 
 € 2013 2014 2015 0 - 5,000 1 0 0 5,000 - 10,000 0 1 1 10,000 - 15,000 1 3 2 15,000 - 20,000 3 3 4 20,000 - 25,000 2 5 3 25,000 - 30,000 3 2 0 30,000 - 35,000 1 0 2 35,000 - 40,000...

99. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28767/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the table sets out the number of persons in my Department in receipt of lump sums on retirement, in increments of €5,000. Also included is the corresponding amount of the lump sums, for each of the years 2013-2015.
 Band 2013 2014 2015 0- 5,000 0 0 0 5,000-10,000 0 0 0 10,000 - 15,000 0 0 1 15,000-20,000 0 0 0 20,000-25,000 0 0 1 25,000-30,000 0 0 0 30,000 -35,000 0 0 0 35,000-40,000...

111. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28765/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Data on the number of retirement lump sums and overall amount paid by my Department to school-staff whose pay and pensions is administered directly by my Department is set out for each of the calendar years 2013-2015 in the following tables. The data is held in different value bands to that which the Deputy sought, and is presented in this format.  The work involved to present it in the value bands sought could not be undertaken in the ...

130. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28766/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The table sets out the details of lump sums paid on retirement by my Department in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 
 Range of Lump Sum amounts Number in 2013 Number in 2014 Number in 2015 0-5000     1 5001-10000 2   2 10001-15000   1 2 15001-20000 2 2 1 20001-25000     2 25001-30000     1 30001-35000 3     35001-40000   1   40001-45000 1 1 1 45001-50000 1     ...

161. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28768/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The only persons outside the Payroll Shared Service Centre, under the aegis of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are locally engaged staff employed in our Missions abroad. Locally-engaged staff are not Irish civil or public servants. They are staff employed directly by our Missions under terms and conditions set in accordance with local laws.
I have set out the details requested by the Deputy in the table.
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