Dáil Éireann - Volume 373 - 17 June, 1987

Written Answers. - Civil Service Age Limits.

30. Miss Colley asked the Minister for Finance the lower and upper age limits which apply to applicants for positions in the public service; and if he considers it appropriate that there should be an upper age limit.

[2305] Minister for Finance (Mr. MacSharry): I have direct responsibility for recruitment to the Civil Service only. Appointments to the Civil Service are made following open competitions organised by the Civil Service Commission. Some competitions have lower age limits for applicants and these range from 17 years to 19 years. Upper age limits vary from 20 years to 55 years depending on the competition.

Experience has shown that competitions with upper age limits provide an adequate and suitable candidature taking account of the nature of the grades. Age limits are kept under continuing review.