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Forcing workers to retire at 65 is madness

Insane system makes people who love work and pay tax dependent on a destitute State, writes John Crown

Published 19/06/2011 | 05:00

Every little boy who kicks a rolled-up sock past the imaginary goalkeeper guarding the imaginary goal in his bedroom door dreams of scoring the winning goal some day in a World Cup final. Something only a little less unrealistic secretly enters the imagination of young medical and scientific researchers when they publish their first paper and dream that someday they might collect the Nobel Prize.

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The football fantasist soon realises that the closest he will get to achieving his dream is to walk the turf at Wembley or Old Trafford as part of a guided tour. Similarly, the closest most researchers will ever get to the Nobel Prize is to attend a lecture given by a winner.

I had my "guided tour moment" last year during a visit to the world-famous Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in Boston, where I was part of a Science Foundation Ireland delegation of visiting Irish cancer researchers.

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