The Government is expected to make progress on reversing the 2012 pension contribution changes that resulted in nearly 35,000 people, including 25,000 women receiving reduced pension payments, stated local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, at Fianna Fail’s Constituency Meeting in Maynooth last night.
“The Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Regina Doherty TD, stated that she expects the Government to move on this matter, and outline a roadmap to ending this blatant discrimination. I welcome this move by Minister Doherty and the Government as I have raised this matter with the Government through our party’s spokesperson and the Government have listened.”
“We have been consistent that this discrimination has to end. I have raised the matter after the budget and I know that it has caused hardship for thousands of people across the country and people living in Kildare.”
“We have stated that, if additional funding becomes available through either day to day savings in the Department of Social Protection through further reduced unemployment, or from an increased surplus in the Social Insurance Fund, that priority should be given to reversing the 2012 changes.”
“This is a complex issue, and may unearth other anomalies in the pension system. However, it is an example of discrimination, and one which a fair and equal republic cannot support or sustain. Many constituents have raised the matter with me and it was raised with me at our Fianna Fail meeting in Maynooth last night,” concluded O’Rourke.