Brian Keegan: the government should continue the Covid-19 habit of trusting experts when it comes to the retirement age debate

There is no evidence to support the status quo, so why are politicians still waiting to make a decision?

Tony Holohan, chief medical officer: the government must continue to rely on cold, hard science. Picture: RollingNews

The clearest signal yet that Irish politics has moved on from the emergency phase of the pandemic came from the Oireachtas Committee on social protection last Wednesday.

In its comments on recommended increases to the state retirement age by the recent Commission on Pensions, the committee essentially contradicted the findings of that very commission.

The committee said that the qualifying age for the state pension should remain at 66, with additional flexibility for long serving ...