Saturday, 8 November 2008

Nobody likes to be forcibly retired

The Irish Times has just reported a story about a fireman with an “impeccable record” who has brought a High Court action aimed at preventing Drogheda Borough Council retiring him.

Patrick Reilly (58) has been employed as a retained firefighter with the council since 1980 and wants a declaration from the court that an agreement between him and the council means his retirement age is 65. He is also seeking an injunction preventing the council from retiring him until he reaches 65, plus damages.

The council is opposing the action and denies Mr Reilly’s retirement age is 65.

Over in the Uk we are still awaiting the full outcome of the Heyday case in the Hague on this issue and the current goverment are prevaricating until 2010 when presumably they hope that the decision will have been made for them. Watch for many more of these stories.

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