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Gross and blatant pension inequality must end - Denise Mitchell TD

7 December, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell has said that the current pension inequality for women needs to end and that the government must act to resolve the issue.

Deputy Mitchell was speaking on a Sinn Féin Motion in the Dáil on the matter this evening.

She said:

“Sinn Féin brought this motion forward because of this Government’s failure to act on the gross and blatant pension inequality that will see the numbers of people affected grow year on year, and they are predominantly women.

“The horrifying situation is that because of the way averaging works women who had left the workforce to care for children or for elderly relatives are then cynically penalised and receive less of a pension by this Government on retirement. This needs to be reversed.

“Age Action Ireland and the National Women’s Council of Ireland have urged all TD’s to support this Sinn Féin Motion. The Government Parties need to take a generation of women in from the cold. It would be an action well remembered by those currently suffering, and those who will suffer in the future if they fail to act.”

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