President signs legislation to increase compulsory retirement age
The change has been made.
The compulsory retirement age for public servants is now 70, after President Michael D Higgins signed a new bill into law.
Previously, public servants had to retire by 65 at the latest, despite the fact that the age for qualifying for the State pension is 66.
Just over a year ago, it was announced that the change from 65 to 70 was going to be made, and it has now been signed into law.
A number of employees in Ireland wanted to continue in their posts beyond 65, which will they now be able to do.
The news was announced on the official Twitter page of the President of Ireland on Wednesday morning.
Having considered the Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Bill 2018, the President has today, 26 December, signed the Bill and it has accordingly become law.
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) December 26, 2018
There had been fears that implementation of the legislation would be delayed until next year, but it has now officially been signed into law, meaning the change is effective from today.