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Retirement age row hits pension

The introduction of new retirement ages at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is one of the stumbling blocks to achieving a resolution to a long-running pension dispute, according to SIPTU.

The union's pension advisor, Dermot O'Loughlin (inset below), yesterday wrote to the DAA's group head of employee relations, John McCormack, outlining concerns the union's members have to recommendations by an expert panel.

The scheme serves thousands of former and current workers at the DAA, Aer Lingus and Shannon Airport.

That panel was established to break an impasse in negotiations aimed at tackling a near €800m deficit in the pension pot.