Under EU law the Garda Siochana is forced to drop the 35 years of age upper limit for new recruits under recent legal proceedings on the issue of age discrimination and equality before the law. The result could be dire for Irish front line policing which has been handicapped for decades by slow adoption of civilianisation of admin jobs.
International experience shows that front line policing with typically extreme levels of job stress from dealing with nasty conflicts and violence is rarely done by police past the age of forty. So police recruited between the ages of 35 to 40 would have a very short career on front line policing. After age forty, most of them would have to be given make work desk jobs since they could not be made redundant under the jobs for life privilege of gardai and civil servants.
Lifting the 35 years limit could add enormously to policing costs by requiring a lot more police for the same level of front line policing. Consider the pension entitlements of those older gardai-retirement at half pay of 35,000 euros today multiplied by life expectancy of maybe 20 years equals 700,000, plus increases in the pension in line with the pay of the job rank once held.