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Extended Retirement Guidelines


The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 removed the compulsory retirement age for new entrants to the public service with effect from 1 April 2004 i.e. staff do not have to retire at the normal retirement age of 65.  There is no limit on the upper retirement age.  The Act also specifies that the minimum retirement age at which pension may be paid to new entrants is 65.

A new entrant to the public service is an employee who either:

  • becomes a public servant for the first time from 1 April 2004 to 31 December 2012, or
  • leaves public service employment and who between 1 April 2004 and 31 December 2012 returns to public service employment following a break in service of more than 26 weeks

 The following table illustrates the minimum and maximum retirement ages which apply to staff who joined the University between 1 April 2004 – 31 Dec 2012:


Joined the Irish Public Sector *

Maximum Retirement Age

Minimum Retirement Age

Cost Neutral Early Retirement Age

Between 01/04/2004 – 31/12/2012

No maximum Retirement Age

Age 65

Age 55

*Breaks in service will be taken into account in determining the date joined public sector


Staff can check if they are a new entrant under the 2004 act by logging onto their online pensions self service via Employee Self Service (ESS) and proceeding to the pensions calculator.  The calculator contains a field called Pensions Category which will show new entrant/non new entrant as appropriate. If you are a permanent employee and the record describes you as a new entrant, you will have the right to continue working beyond age 65. 

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Next steps for New Entrants (as defined above) who wish to extend retirement

  1. Check the table above to see if you are a new entrant
  2. Check your online pensions calculator as outlined above
  3. If you are still in doubt or disagree with the table and online calculator, email with your query and personnel number
  4. On confirmation that you are a new entrant, please complete the Extended Retirement Notification Form.doc.  You are requested to complete this form 1 year in advance of your 65th birthday or on your 64th birthday.  The form asks you to state your new expected retirement date and should be passed to your HoS/Unit for notification of your continued employment.  When the HoS/Unit has signed the form, it should be returned to the HR Recruitment manager, UCD HR.
  5. Employment after minimum retirement age is subject to continuing satisfactory performance at the time.
  6. Recruitment will advise the Pensions Office of your new retirement date and issue you and your HoS/Unit with a letter of confirmation.
  7. The Pensions Office will contact you in advance of your new retirement date with your retirement figures.



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Ask HR

  • I have completed the Extended Retirement Notification Form, can I change the proposed retirement date later if I change my mind?
  • Do I continue to build service towards my pension if I extend my retirement date?

If you cannot find the information you are looking for please 'Ask HR' by completing this form below.

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