Over-60 ban on gardai is probed
THE Government is being challenged by the European Commission over the compulsory retirement age of 60 for senior gardai, it has emerged.
The State fought a case brought by retired Assistant Commissioner Martin Donnellan almost two years ago, arguing successfully before Judge Liam McKechnie that it was entitled to maintain the 60-years retirement limit despite EU directives on retirement age.
All other European police forces allow officers to serve until 65, and in some cases the age is 67 or 68.
Counsel for Martin Donnellan argued that the 60 years limited was contrary to European Union directives.
However, Judge McKechnie, in a judgment that has yet to be published in written form, said the garda regulation, introduced in the mid-1990s, did not lack logic.
He said that it was necessary for a sense of renewal and motivation throughout the force, and to generate movement, motivation and dynamism within An Garda Siochana.