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Brady introduces Bill to abolish mandatory retirement

9 December, 2016 - by John Brady TD

This week in the Dáil, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has introduced a Bill to abolish mandatory retirement.

Teachta Brady said:

“I am delighted to introduce this Bill before the House seeking the abolition of the mandatory retirement age.

“There were attempts to bring legislation to abolish mandatory retirement forward in 2014 however, with the end of the 31st Dáil this did not succeed.

“Every year, people are forced to leave their job because of their age. This is blatant discrimination and it is wrong.

“A person’s age does not determine whether or not a person can perform their duties in their job.

“This Bill is about giving people a choice when it comes to their retirement. On approaching retirement, some people are ready to retire and looking forward to it however, other may not have the required contributions to qualify for a State Pension and may wish to continue working. For some people, this is necessary to avoid poverty on retirement. Others may simply wish to remain in their job and this can be for many different yet, valid reasons.

“I look forward to a full Dáil debate on this Bill in the New Year.

“This Bill will put an end to the facilitation of ageism in employment which should have no place in our society.” ENDS

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