In response to reports that the International M onetary Fund is putting pressure on the government to cut benefits for older people, Sinn Féin social protection spokesperson, Aengus Ó SnodaighTD said:
“Since taking office, this government has relentlessly targeted older people. It has already cut the Household Benefits Package, raised the pension age by three years, doubled the number of contributions necessary for certain state pensions and now, it is back again threatening cuts.”
“Less than a week after the handover of €1billion to unsecured bondholders, it beggars belief that this programme of austerity is to target our older citizens again.
“I am calling on Minister Joan Burton to resist these calls from the IMF. When I met the Troika earlier this year, its representatives confirmed to me that the government has the power to decide where to make necessary cuts. We have to stand up and say that the old, the sick, children and those on social welfare must be protected.”