Fianna Fáil show 'utter hypocrisy' on women’s pensions – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has accused Fianna Fáil of utter hypocrisy when it comes to their comments on women’s pensions in the Dáil today.
Teachta Brady said:
“Let us be very clear, Fianna Fáil could not care less about women’s pension payments.
“Since the changes were implemented in 2012, Fianna Fáil has been whinging about the unfairness of the changes and the impact on older people, mainly women. Yet, time and time again, when it comes to taking action to do something about it, they sit on their hands.
“Last December, Sinn Féin brought forward a Dáil motion calling on Government to restore the pension rates and bands to their pre-September 2012 position. Fianna Fáil refused to support the motion.
“Fianna Fáil have had ample opportunity both in Budget 2017 last year, and in this year’s Budget to end this discrimination. What have they done? Nothing.
“If we look at Fianna Fáil’s Budget proposals, and I use the term proposals loosely, where is their one mention of women’s pensions? It is not there.
“Women’s pensions is no-where to be found in Fianna Fáil’s Confidence & Supply Agreement with Fine Gael either.
“Reversing the 2012 changes is expensive, but that does not make it impossible to do.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget includes the restoration of the pre-2012 pension bands and rates. This is about doing the right thing by our older people, not using the cost as an excuse not to.”