Government policy on state pension leaves women treated as second class citizens – Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster this evening raised the matter of pension inequality for women in the Dáil. Speaking this evening on the Social Welfare Bill, Deputy Munster criticised the government’s failure to resolve this matter in last month’s Budget, given the long period of time that this inequity has been ongoing.
“In Sinn Féin's Alternate Budget 2017, we put forward a package of measures for older people. This included the reinstating of pension bands, designed to redress the inequality experienced by pensioners, particularly women, as a result of changes made by the Fine Gael and Labour coalition government which left thousands of people, with a smaller pension than they could have expected had they retired before 2012, to the tune of €30 a week.
“What good is €5 to these women when they should be receiving an additional €30 a week. The government ought to take action to rectify this anomoly. The government is failing these women. This has been going on since 2012, and it’s time that it was sorted out.”