Sunday 26 January 2020

No reason to increase judges' retirement age, says minister

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Transport Minister Shane Ross has shot down Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan's proposal to increase the retirement age for judges.

Mr Flanagan wants to increase the retirement age from 70 to 72 to maintain expertise in the courts. Increasing the retirement age would also ensure more judges would qualify for a full State pension.

However, Mr Ross said he "did not see the reason" for increasing the age and insisted there was plenty of experienced barristers applying to be judges who could replace retiring members of the judiciary.

"They make the choice to become judges because basically they don't want to be barristers any more," he said. "They don't want to be self-employed any more. They want to have the benefits of a State job," he added.

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Supreme Court judges could previously retire at 72 but this was reduced to 70. Last year, the age of retirement for District Court judges was increased from 65 to 70.

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