Fianna Fáil vote to deny 65 years olds their State Pension - John Brady TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has accused Fianna Fáil of turning their backs on older people by denying them access to their State Pension at retirement.
Deputy Brady was speaking after Fianna Fáil opposed a Sinn Féin amendment on restoring the Transitional State Pension.
Teachta Brady said:
“Fianna Fáil has raised concerns on numerous occasions at the appalling treatment of 65 year olds who are forced to retire at 65 and are left with no option than to sign onto a Jobseekers payment, unable to access their State Pension.
“Sinn Féin amended the Fianna Fáil Pension Motion to include an acknowledgement of the fact that there are more 65 year olds on Jobseekers payments than any other age category in the State and called on the Government to restore the State Pension Transition until such time as mandatory retirement is abolished.
“This is an issue that Fianna Fáil has raised on the floor of the Dáil yet, when it came to addressing the issue, they chose to turn their backs on these people.
“The State Pension Transition was abolished by Fine Gael and Labour in 2014. It was paid to people who were contractually obliged to retire at 65 but were unable to access their pension until they reached 66.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget contained proposals to restore the pre-September 2012 pension bands and rates at a cost of €70 million and to restore the State Pension Transition at a cost of €84 million. It was possible for Fianna Fáil to do the same but they chose not to.
“This is yet another example in a long list of Fianna Fáil saying one thing and doing another. They are masters at it.
“Today, Fianna Fáil has ensured that 65 year olds will not receive their State Pension at retirement, they have enforced the farcical situation of these people being forced onto Jobseekers payments and they have denied these people the pension that they have spent their working lives paying into.”