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Gender pension gap must be addressed by Government immediately – Mitchell

29 June, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Social Protection Spokesperson Denise Mitchell TD has called on the Government to address the Gender Pension Gap as a matter of urgency.

Deputy Mitchell was speaking following a meeting of the Oireachtas’s Social Protection Committee during which the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) outlined the unfair treatment of women when it comes to pension entitlements:

“It is totally unfair that the changes to the eligibility criteria for the State Pension brought in by Fine Gael and Labour in 2012 had such a disproportionate impact on women.

“I’d very much hope that the new Social Protection Minister will take this far more seriously than her predecessors have and look at making moves to end this discrimination immediately.

“The NWCI outlined how budgetary decisions taken during the recession only served to increase the gender pension gap.

“While the commitment by the current Government to gender-proof future budgetary changes is welcome, much more needs to be done. We need to end existing injustices in our pension system.”

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