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...

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...