The Government's public service reforms will now effectively standardise the maximum retirement age for most of the 300,000 people employed across the public service.
In relation to the private sector, a department spokesperson said it recommended employers should take steps to ensure their policy on retirement age is clearly articulated. I have been contacted by a number of public servants, predominantly teachers and civil servants, since my election who were forced to retire at 65 when they felt they were willing and able to contribute more.
The advocacy group for older people, Age Action argued on Wednesday that the many thousands of workers in the private sector who will not benefit the public service reforms announced by the Government can not be left behind.
When asked about any extensions, he said, "This has to be agreed between the employee and employer", stressing that "mutual consent" will be essential, but "in the vast majority of cases, it will be granted".
It also believes that the cost of paying State employees potentially for longer than originally anticipated will be offset by delays in having to make lump sum payments to which staff are eligible on retirement.
The later retirement date will not apply to certain frontline workers like Gardaí and fire personnel, who already have accelerated pensions with a right to retire early on full pensions because of the nature of their work.
PUBLIC servants hired before April 2004 will now be able to work until they are 70.
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Mr Donohoe said he expected the change would have minimal impact on promotional prospects as the state was now recruiting more workers.
But it has been warned not to leave private sector workers behind.
"Legislation is now stuck in the Oireachtas that would abolish mandatory retirement clauses, including in the private sector, and we would like to see the Government enable that Bill to move forward".
It is to deal with an anomaly where people were being made to retire at 65, but could not access their state pensions until a year later.
He said the measure will allow people to continue working, if that is what they want to do.
The limit will be raised from the current age of 65.
"The more people you have in employment, the more people are growing the economy, creating job opportunities".
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