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Taoiseach refuses to guarantee remedy for pensioners losing out on full pension entitlement – Gerry Adams TD

18 October, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking following Leader Questions this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said “the Taoiseach refused to guarantee a remedy for pensioners who are losing-out on their full pension entitlement due to the unfair changes made in 2012.”

Teachta Adams added;

“I told the Taoiseach that the issue before us is the urgent need for a very straight forward solution to a very obvious injustice, which disproportionately affects women.

“Many pensioners are losing out on as much as €30 a week.

“I know that many members of the cabinet may not understand the value of €30. For members of the Cabinet this may be the cost of a bottle of wine or some other luxury but it is a significant amount of money for ordinary citizens who are living week to week on very little. 

“I asked the Taoiseach if he will ensure that the Social Welfare Bill will remedy this very important matter. He refused to provide such a guarantee.

“The government and Fianna Fáil have had numerous opportunities to provide a solution to this discrimination but they refused each time.

“They negotiated a Confidence and Supply Agreement and two budgets which failed to address the problem.

“Despite the fact that he blocked a Sinn Féin motion calling for a reversal of the 2012 changes last December, Micheál Martin has tonight tabled a motion with the aim of achieving an outcome he opposed ten months ago.

“The sly political maneouvering by the establishment parties around this injustice is a scandal.

“The Taoiseach must now make it clear how he plans to rectify this matter and tell these pensioners when they will get their money.”

ENDS

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