655. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to increase the retirement age for serving judges; the status of proposals; when considerations will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32988/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Association of Judges of Ireland has recently requested that my Department review the matter of retirement age for serving judges (currently age 70 years). This issue is currently under consideration by officials within my Department, and in consultation with officials of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform who have policy responsibility for judicial pensions.