Pensioners continue to suffer pension discrimination – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Disability Rights and Older People, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has said it is deeply unfair and ironic that it is pensioners who will continue to be discriminated against, with regards to the pension anomaly introduced by the Fine Gael/Labour Government of 2012.
Teachta Ó Caoláin said:
“I find it outrageous that this anomaly, which Fine Gael had a direct part in introducing, will continue to deliver inequality to today’s pensioners, who have endured the financial impact of the measure over the past 5 years.
“I welcome the fact that from March 30th 2018, pension levels will be restored to the 42,000 people who were affected unfairly by what was a blatant oversight by the then Government in 2012.
“This measure is not enough for those people who have suffered financial hardship since 2012. The money lost over the past five years should be reimbursed in full.
“The pensioners affected staged a protest outside the Dáil last week in advance of Minister Regina Doherty making her announcement. I do not believe that this measure goes far enough and I expect that pensioners will press for full restoration - they are well within their rights to do so.
“We are not talking about huge money here, but we are talking about fair play and respect.
This Fine Gael led Government can locate money for tax breaks and other incentives when needed but will not address the inequalities that they have stood over during their successive Government terms.
"I call on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene and to ensure that the affected pensioners have their pension entitlements restored in full."