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Fianna Fáil's cynical Pensions Bill a ‘waste of Dáil time’ - Brady

26 May, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Fianna Fáil's cynical Pensions Bill a ‘waste of Dáil time’ - John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has accused Fianna Fáil of misleading the Dáil with a piece of legislation that was never credible.

Teachta Brady said;

“The Pension Fund (Prohibition of Levies) Bill was brought forward by Willie O’Dea TD with no intention whatsoever to bring the Bill any further.

“The irony of this Bill introduced by Fianna Fáil is not lost either.

“The party that flooded the National Pension Reserve fund into the toxic banks brought forward this regressive piece of legislation in the form of the The Pension Fund (Prohibition of Levies) Bill are now saying they want to protect people’s pensions.

“The Bill seeks to put in place a law to prevent another law being introduced yet, if the Government decided to bring in that law tomorrow morning, this would simply be repealed.

“When Deputy O’Dea first introduced this Bill he claimed that it would provoke a Constitutional Referendum. No provision for this has ever been mentioned or even alluded to in the Bill whatsoever.

“When originally introduced the pension levytook billions of Euros out of people’s pockets and in many cases, workers have only become aware of this hole in their pension pot.

“As soon as Deputy O’Dea, Minister Noonan and I spoke on the Bill last night, Deputy O’Dea quietly withdrew the Bill and I am sure there will not be another word about it.

“This was a populist move by Fianna Fáil, at best, a waste of Dáil time and at worst, a Bill with no credibility whatsoever.”

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