Cabinet agrees bill to allow public servants to work until 70

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has agreed the text of new legislation that will allow thousands of public servants work until they are 70 years of age. As people are living longer and are in better health, many public servants want to work for longer, but they cannot because of a mandatory retirement age of 65 for those recruited before 2004 …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, RTÉ, 5 July]

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Public servants escape new pension rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public servants are escaping new pension rules that delay the payment of the State pension. The State contributory pension is now only paid from the age of 66, meaning that thousands of people who are compelled to leave work at the age of 65 have to claim Jobseekers’ Benefit – getting almost €50 a week less than they would from their pension …” (more)

[Independent, 13 November]

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All public servants will now work until they’re 66 years old

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tens of thousands of public service workers will spend an additional year in the workforce as plans are being advanced to increase the retirement age by one year to 66, the Irish Independent understands. The Government is actively researching the impact of such a move on the public-sector workforce …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 3 November]

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‘I’m not married, don’t have kids and don’t play golf’: Limerick professor opposed to compulsory retirement

Posted in Life on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An Emeritus Professor said forcing people to retire from the public sector at a set age is ‘discriminatory’ and should be made optional as life expectancy increases …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 November]

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Third Level Staff: Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

IrelandEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a full-time employee with a third level college who is due to reach the age of 65 years in March 2017 and therefore faces mandatory retirement in September 2017 will be able to agree an extension of their employment contract for an additional period; and the flexibility which exists for the extension of such public sector employment contracts in advance of the expected change of the rules regarding mandatory retirement ages …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 March]

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What does retirement mean for academics?

Posted in Life on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“My first boss, the chairman of my department when I was a young lecturer, was Wilfrid Harrison. Even though there was approximately 40 years’ difference between our ages, I would have described Wilfrid as a friend …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 8 December]


Retired teachers ‘hogging’ posts from graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of retired teachers ‘hogging’ jobs desperately needed by newly qualified graduates continues to rise, provoking fury among those who have recently left college …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 17 July]


Higher Education Institutions – Retired Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2016 by steve

IrelandKevin O’Keeffe (Cork East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any public money has been expended directly or indirectly by a university (details supplied); if any financial arrangements for retired staff of the same college are in place; if so, if they are in line with public policy rules on retirement at age 65 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology president likely to step down early

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has signalled he will step down from his position two years earlier than planned following concerns he was due to work well beyond the normal retirement age. The statutory retirement age for members of the public service is generally 65 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Justice Committee invites submissions on Employment Equality (Abolishment of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality is inviting public submissions on the Employment Equality (Abolishment of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014. The Bill was first published by Deputy Anne Ferris in April 2014 …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 12 October]

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Bullying expert claims he was harassed in his job by university

Posted in Legal issues on September 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor takes case against NUI Galway to Employment Appeals Tribunal. An international expert on bullying has himself claimed to be a victim of bullying in his job …” (more)

[Brian McDonald, Irish Times, 3 September]

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Can academics ever really retire?

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Australia“When your local butcher or grocer retires, it’s perfectly clear what this means. They are no longer there in the shop when you next go in. Someone else has taken over, or the shop has changed to another business …” (more)

[Simon Chapman, The Conversation, 29 April]


Retiring professors’ ‘crocks of gold’ payoffs slammed

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association yesterday hit out at what he described as the ‘crocks of gold’ received by retiring university dons …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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‘Greying’ public sector needs new recruits, unions warn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is insisting there is scope for new recruits to freshen up the public sector as new figures reveal the average public sector worker is 46 – and almost half are aged over 50 …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 26 July]

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Early Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will clarify his plans regarding proposals to bring in compulsory early retirement in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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Not so retiring

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“I recently attended a small discussion with a group of United States university professors, and I suddenly realised that all of them were over 60 years old, and about half of them well over 65 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Academics ‘dare to know’ only in retirement

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Older academics are taking early retirement to pursue ‘authentic study’ because of modern constraints on researchers. That was the view of Vanessa Pupavac, lecturer in international relations at the University of Nottingham, one of the panel members in a debate held during this year’s Battle of Ideas festival in London …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 25 October]


Moran calls on Minister to give preference to newly qualified and unemployed teachers for teaching positions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2012 by steve

“Recent reports have highlighted that 1,311 retired teachers were employed as supervisors at the recent State examinations. This alarming number is up from 1,147 retired teachers who were employed last year, an increase of 13%. It is inequitable and highly unsatisfactory that retired teachers are being rehired to supervise examinations …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 9 July]

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State retirees jump queue for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2012 by steve

“Public servants on generous retirement packages get rehired as jobless are passed over Last Wednesday the €14bn-a-year Health Service Executive, Ireland’s largest employer with more than 67,000 direct employees, and another 40,000 in funded healthcare agencies, updated its ‘Find a job’ web pages …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 20 May]

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Large numbers of public service retirees rehired

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2012 by steve

“Large numbers of those who retired from the public service are being taken back by Government departments, according to replies given by Ministers in response to questions from a Fianna Fáil TD …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 14 May]

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