The Department confirms that when a teacher retires on 1 September 2019, they will benefit from the Public Sector Stability Agreement (PSSA) restoration effective from that date for pension and lump sum calculation. There is no requirement to retire after 1 September once the relevant eligibility criteria for pensionable service have been met.
Schools can appoint the replacement teacher with effect from 1 September, thereby preserving the contractual school year for those teachers. In that instance, the replacement teacher maintains the normal school year contract. The replacement teacher will also take-up the post when the school re-opens, in order to comply with the operational school year as outlined in the Retirement section of Circular 11/2004.