Author: The News Letter
Published on 30 July 2010 11:30 AM
Veteran News Letter correspondent Billy Kennedy has welcomed the abandonment of the retirement age ceiling of 65.
“Many people in their late sixties and early seventies can still manage to do a productive day’s work which is of value to both employer and employee, and I believe this is a positive step.
“I am 67, but right now I feel 57. Every morning, I happily have an instinctive incentive to get along to work and, as long as I enjoy good health and the ability to write clear and concise stories for the News Letter and other publications that I am identified with, I trust I will be gainfully employed in my current freelance role.
“However, there will come a time when I will be persuaded to call it a day. But, hopefully that will not be for a few years.
“Journalism is a profession where many can continue working until the twilight years. I have several close friends in their early eighties who are still filing copy to daily newspapers. They have given a lifetime to Ulster journalism and are highly respected for the meaningful contributions they still make. They are role models for my profession and I set my standards by what they achieved, even in their later years
“Constant daily work as a professional writer keeps the mind sharp and focused on what is going on in the wider world.”