Pension move by government “a disgrace” - Adams
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has accused the government of adding ‘insult to injury’ over its proposed reduction in ‘super’ public pensions that was announced yesterday.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions this morning the Sinn Féin leader described it as ‘a disgrace’.
The Sinn Féin leader said the government “contemplates cuts in child benefit, but no real cuts for the golden circle. No money for job creation but plenty of money for bond holders. No money for hospitals, or children with special needs, or carers, or students, but plenty of money for your cronies in the political elites.”
Deputy Adams also expressed solidarity with public sector workers in the north who are on strike today against British Tory government demands for more pension contributions from workers.
Mr Adams said: “Taoiseach today in the North public sector workers are taking strike action against the Tory Government. Sinn Féin supports this action and these workers. Low paid workers should not have to pay more in pension contributions.
“There are also many other people without jobs or pension provision who are being attacked by the Tories. And not just in the North. Here in this state our own little Tory government is also inflicting this inequality on citizens. Yesterday, I called upon you to cap public pensions and ban the payment of these pensions to people in employment. You said you were going to tackle this issue. But what you did was to add insult to injury.
“After yesterday’s much-heralded statement the high flyers are left with huge pensions paid for with the peoples’ money. Former taoisigh still on public pensions of €147,000 a year!
“It is a disgrace. And there is no sign of your policies working on any front. Here at home or in the EU. Just watch the crisis developing in the Eurozone and your kowtowing to the larger states has achieved nothing. Or read the ESRI report. You contemplate cuts in child benefit. But no real cuts for the golden circle. No money for jobs creation but plenty of money for bond holders. No money for hospitals, or carers, or students, but plenty for your cronies in the political elites,” he said.