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Ó Snodaigh challenges Taoiseach on pensions’ cut

18 July, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

This morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD exposed the government’s plan to cut contributory state pensions over the summer and challenged the Taoiseach to halt the cuts.
Speaking directly to the Taoiseach in the Dáil, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Since taking office, this government has relentlessly targeted older people. You cut the Household Benefits Package, raised the pension age by three years, doubled the number of contributions necessary for certain state pensions and now you are cutting the contributory pension for thousands of people from September.
“A worker retiring from September onwards who would have expected a state pension of €225 will now get €30 less each week. That’s an annual loss of €1,500. In the case of a couple this loss will be €51 or €2,650 annually.
“These significant cuts are being snuck in over the summer by Ministerial Order and they will take effect from September.
“There is very little public awareness of this. And there is no lead in time. Older workers on the brink of retirement will have zero opportunity to make alternative provisions for themselves.
Taoiseach, I am calling on you to protect pensioners, call off your minister and put a halt to these cuts”.

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