The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., has made Regulations increasing the retirement age for Gardaí, Sergeants and Inspectors from 57 to 60 years of age with effect from yesterday 22 December 2006.
Speaking about the new retirement age the Tánaiste said, "The State requires the services of experienced officers. The Regulations I have made increasing the retirement age for Gardaí, Sergeants and Inspectors from 57 to 60 will help maximise Garda strength and ensure continuity of key skills within An Garda Síochána.
Furthermore, these Regulations are in line with the commitment I gave to the Garda Representative Associations earlier this year in the context of acceptance of the Garda Reserve."
23 December 2006