Sinn Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly has welcomed the response of the Oireachtas Committee to the Pensions Commission Report and he has called for a Dáil debate on any Government proposed changes.
“The Pensions Commission made its recommendations to Government late last year. The cross-party Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection published their response to these recommendations this week,” said Teachta Daly.
Right to Retire at 65
“The committee supports the abolition of mandatory retirement at 65 and proposes the right to retire at 65, and no increase in the age qualifier for a State Pension beyond 66 and this has been achieved after many years of campaigning by Sinn Féin,” he added.
“Government is yet to respond to Pensions Commission Report and while some of the report’s recommendations are welcome, such as the abolition of mandatory retirement and the introduction of state pensions for long-time carers, others will need further consideration to ensure that pensions provide a quality standard of living for pensioners.
Costs of Living Struggles
“Many pensioners are struggling with the rising cost of living. Sinn Féin’s recent survey found that 93% of respondents have experienced rises in heating costs and many spoke of their worries about making ends meet this winter.
“We have called on government repeatedly to address the cost of living crisis and put forward solutions to support households such as the removal of vat on fuel during winter months.
“It is essential that we debate any proposed changes brought forward by Government. As mentioned there are currently no Government proposals but we will monitor the situation,” Teachta Daly assured.
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