‘Boxer’ defends rise in compulsory-retirement age

The OPW Minister has denied the government is ‘slave driving’ public servants to work until they are 70 under new pension rules.

The compulsory retirement age is set to rise from its current limit of 65 to 70 over the course of several years under new plans drawn up by the government.

Currently, up to 5,000 workers can leave their jobs at 65, but are unable to draw their pension until they are 66.

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Longford-Westmeath TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has initially sought some changes to the pension rules in October’s budget, but he said this morning that no one will be forced into working until their seventies.