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Social Welfare Bill will test Fianna Fáil’s commitment on pensions – Brady

19 October, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on Fianna Fáil to use the upcoming Social Welfare Bill to initiate action on the back of their pension’s motion which was passed in the Dáil today.

Speaking following the vote, Teachta Brady said: 

“Given the fact that Fianna Fáil has missed the boat on highlighting the pensions issue at every available opportunity with Fine Gael, it is imperative that the same will not happen with the Social Welfare Bill. 

“I expect to see the Social Welfare Bill published in the coming weeks and I wait to see if the contents of this motion passed by the Dáil will be reflected in the Bill. If it is not, then Fianna Fáil will have no choice but to oppose the Social Welfare Bill that is if they are serious about the need for equality and fairness in the calculation of the State Pension.

“Of course, if this pensions motion was just a PR stunt by Fianna Fáil, then they will allow the Social Welfare Bill to pass without any commitment to reverse the 2012 pension bands and rates changes. 

“The Social Welfare Bill offers Fianna Fáil yet another opportunity to take action on this issue. They will have a choice to raise this issue when the Social Welfare Bill is debated and ultimately, they will decide whether or not the 2012 changes are reversed.

“If the pensions motion which passed in the Dáil today and resulted in another government defeat is not acted on in the Social Welfare Bill, people will see through Fianna Fáil’s PR stunt in bringing forward this motion in the first place.” 

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