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Fianna Fáil exploiting those on lower pensions after previously ignoring them – McDonald

13 October, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised Fianna Fáil for exploiting the discrimination faced by those affected 2012 changes to the state pension. Deputy McDonald said that Fianna Fáil had ignored these people, the vast majority of whom are women, in every situation where they could affect change and only paid lip service when the opportunity to score political points arose.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Budget 2018 perpetuates the discrimination faced by many, but particularly women, when it comes to the state pension. Almost 25% of women on a state pension are losing out.

“35,000 people have been left with a lesser pension payment than they would have received had they retired before 2012.

“Last December, Sinn Féin put forward a motion to try to address these issues. Sinn Féin attempted to address the pension inequality against women and to reverse the changes made in 2012. Fianna Fáil chose not to support that initiative.

“Fianna Fáil did nothing for them in the Budget negotiations. They did nothing for them in the last Budget. They excluded them from their election manifesto. They did not even make reference to them until it was a chance to feign concern in the Dáil. 

“Sinn Féin, in our Alternative Budget 2018 document, provides for the restoration of the 2012 pension bands and rate. We made a choice to support these 35,000 people. Fianna Fáil chose to ignore them.” 

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