OLDEST PERSON IN IRELAND, EILEEN RICHARDSON TO CELEBRATE HER 109TH BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH
Friday 13 May 2005: The Pensions Board has today launched ‘Pensions Adequacy Day’ as part of National Pensions Action Week and is urging consumers to ensure they are contributing adequately to their pensions. Life expectations are much greater in Ireland now compared to those of previous generations, and are continuing to rise. A man retiring at 65 now can expect to live to 83 and a woman retiring at 65 can expect to live to 87.
The Pensions Board marked ‘Pensions Adequacy Day’ with an early celebration of Ireland’s oldest resident, Eileen Richardson, who will be 109 on the 29th of this month. Eileen, from Ballybough Road in Dublin was born in 1896 and has witnessed three different centuries.
Speaking today, Anne Maher, Chief Executive, Pensions Board said: “Retirement is likely to be a significant proportion of all of our lives because life expectancy is increasing considerably. While this is good news, it means that it is essential that adequate retirement provision is achieved.”