Sinn Féin TD for Kerry Pa Daly has described reports that Fianna Fáil may renege on commitments to defer the increase in the age of eligibility for a State pension next year as despicable.
“Sinn Féin is the only party that will guarantee a state pension at 65,” said Deputy Daly.
Fianna Fáil May Renege
“Reports have emerged today that Fianna Fáil may renege on commitments to defer the increase in the age of eligibility for a state pension next year if they form a government. This move is despicable,” he said.
“Sinn Féin put this issue on the agenda during the general election campaign, and other parties and the Fianna Fáil leader in particular followed with mealy-mouthed commitments that now appear to count for nothing.
More of the Same
“This is an example of what is to come under a Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government – if they get their way.
“Sinn Féin is the only party that is clear and unequivocal on this issue, and it remains the only party that will guarantee the right to a state pension at 65.
“We are talking about our parents, our grandparents and our families. We are talking about our friends and our neighbours.
Generation of Providers
“We are talking about people who have provided the resources to build our hospitals, our schools and our roads.
“They are entitled to respect and dignity and a state pension at 65 – if they so choose.
“That is what is fair, just and in line with the values of the vast majority of the Irish people,” said Deputy Daly.