343. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to make senior appointments to An Garda Síochána on a time contractual basis in view of a recent resignation from a senior post two days after the appointment in question. [9177/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that all members of An Garda Síochána are entitled to retire having completed a stipulated period of service and fulfilling the requisite criteria. Notwithstanding that, they may continue to serve until they reach 60 years of age.
The statutory pension rights which each member of An Garda Síochána is entitled to receive are respected by the Commissioner. Accordingly the Commissioner has no plans to make senior appointments to An Garda Síochána on a time contractual basis.