158. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation will be passed to facilitate the extension of the retirement age by choice for persons working in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17956/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
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282. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the public service superannuation (miscellaneous) provisions (amendment) Bill will be published and presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas for approval (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15534/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 285 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
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285. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the increase in retirement age for public servants from 65 to 70 years of age will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16006/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 285 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
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575. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the compulsory retirement age will be applicable to the private sector in view of the recent change to the public service compulsory retirement age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13566/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I welcome the recent confirmation by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to increase to 70 the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before the 1st April 2004. 
In relation to compulsory retirement ages in the labour market more generally, there is no universal mandatory retirement age in Ireland. The setting of retirement age remains a matter for agreement between employers/employees and...

3. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation to increase the compulsory retirement age for public servants will be published; the timeframe for the legislation to pass in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13699/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The Minister made an announcement last December regarding the extension of the retirement age for public servants, in respect of which there was huge interest but, unfortunately, people have been left in abeyance since. Many people are currently being forced to retire. What is the timeline for the legislation and does the Minister have any plans to deal with those people due to retire between the timeframe of the announcement and the enactment of the legislation? I have ...

18. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation will be passed to facilitate the extension of retirement age by choice for persons working in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8397/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I indicated in response to Priority PQ No 13699/18 from Deputy Calleary earlier, the Government agreed in December, that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 would be increased to age 70.  This is the only group of public servants who currently have a compulsory retirement age of less than 70.  The decision arose on foot of a review of the current statutory and operational considerat...

270. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make changes to the terms and conditions of service of primary school principals that would encourage them to defer retirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12828/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Legislation is currently being drafted to provide for the Government decision to change the compulsory retirement age of some public servants. In this regard my Department is currently preparing a circular letter which will notify all education and training sector employers and staff of temporary arrangements to allow certain staff, including primary school principal teachers, be retained in employment beyond their current compulsory re...

83. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation will be enacted to address the compulsory retirement age of 65 years of age for civil servants; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many civil servants reaching retirement age are unhappy with the interim arrangements now in place to deal with their pension arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11042/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 55097/17 on 16 January 2018.
The Bill is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018. 
Deputies will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment on individual cases. Details of the interim implementation arrangements have been put in place by the individual public se...

84. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to examine the pay scale that employees are returned to in the public service and HSE when they opt to stay on past the age of 65 years of age; his views on the case of a person (details supplied) who has been returned to a lower pay scale; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11177/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 55097/17 on 16 January 2018.
The Bill is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018. 
Deputies will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment on individual cases. Details of the interim implementation arrangements have been put in place by the individual public se...

98. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a contract of employment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be extended beyond their 66th birthday; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10339/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The employee is a member of the Non Contributory Pension Scheme for Non Established State Employees which provides that the employee may continue working up to age 66. Under the Scheme, retirement is compulsory at age 66.
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213. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of plans to increase the compulsory retirement age from 65 to 70 years of age for public servants recruited after 1 April 2004 as per his announcement in December 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9626/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
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95. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the directive on the compulsory retirement age of 65 years of age for public servants is coming into force; the timeframe for its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8890/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018. 
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94. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the legislation to extend the mandatory retirement age in the public sector to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4986/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 146 on 14 December 2017.
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143. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if persons who work in the public service and are due to retire in 2018 will be afforded the opportunity to continue in their employment if they wish; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4736/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 143 and 144 together.
I refer the Deputies to my response to PQ No 4003 on 30 January 2018.
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144. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislative change to permit persons in the public service and other jobs who wish to work beyond the normal retirement age of 65 years of age to do so on a voluntary basis will be implemented (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4957/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 143 and 144 together.
I refer the Deputies to my response to PQ No 4003 on 30 January 2018.
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189. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the arrangement and future plans to allow public servants to continue to work after their retirement; if they will be put at a financial disadvantage or if they will be allowed to earn the same salary as they were earning prior to their retirement date; and if they will be taxed differently. (Question 4600/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 195 together.
The Government agreed on 5 December 2017 that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 should be increased to age 70. Primary legislation will be required for the changes to be implemented. In approving the proposals, the Government also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to the changes. The Attorney General’s Offic...

195. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a person (details supplied) who is due to retire in April 2018 at 65 years of age but would like to remain working; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4003/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 195 together.
The Government agreed on 5 December 2017 that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 should be increased to age 70. Primary legislation will be required for the changes to be implemented. In approving the proposals, the Government also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to the changes. The Attorney General’s Offic...

15. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the proposed legislation to increase the compulsory retirement age for public servants to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2121/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Deputy John Brady: I want to ask the Minister about the announcement he made last December whereby he decided to increase the retirement age for public service workers from 65 to 70. That must be welcomed, although it does not go far enough. The Minister is aware that I put forward legislation to ensure no worker would be subject to a mandatory retirement age. However, there is some concern on this issue. With whom did the Minister consult regarding the interim arrangements he announced in a...

40. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public service workers who wish to remain at work beyond 65 years of age will see wage cuts as per the terms and conditions set out for those wishing to remain at work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2349/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Deputy John Brady: I want to ask the Minister about the announcement he made last December whereby he decided to increase the retirement age for public service workers from 65 to 70. That must be welcomed, although it does not go far enough. The Minister is aware that I put forward legislation to ensure no worker would be subject to a mandatory retirement age. However, there is some concern on this issue. With whom did the Minister consult regarding the interim arrangements he announced in a...

32. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if studies have taken place to determine the number of persons displaced by the retirement age, impacting on those 65 to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53250/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As this is a voluntary measure for existing public servants with a compulsory retirement age of 65, giving them the option to work until 70, it provides an ongoing opportunity to public servants to exercise their retirement option anytime from age 65 to age 70. This will be influenced by the personal circumstances of each individual, which may be subject to ongoing consideration as those personal circumstances change during th...

146. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the legislation to extend the mandatory retirement age in the public sector to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53517/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government has approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to its decision last week to increase the compulsory retirement age for most public servants recruited before 1 April 2004. It is not possible to predict the length of time it will take for a Bill to be drafted and pass through both Houses of the Oireachtas given the need for meticulous drafting, ongoing detailed policy considerations, and the scheduling re...

96. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the sectors within the public service which will not benefit from the phased increase of the retirement age from 65 to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53404/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are certain groups of employees in the public service who, due to the nature of their work, are currently required to retire early. Members of An Garda Síochána, the Permanent Defence Force, Firefighters and Prison Officers are the constituent groups in this category, which are collectively referred to as the uniformed pension fast accrual group.
These public servants currently have earlier compulsory retirement ages (the...

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...