Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has commended all those who travelled to Leinster House today to make their voices heard for pension equality and fairness.
Addressing the crowd, Teachta Brady said:
“It is time for the over 42,000 people who are wrongly in receipt of reduced State Pensions to receive what they are entitled to from this Government.
“We know that the changes made to the State Pension in 2012 have directly caused this anomaly and this cannot be allowed to continue. If it does continue, then a further 8,000 people will retire on reduced pension payments every year, adding to the figure already of over 42,000.
“Next Tuesday, Minister Doherty will bring a proposal paper to Cabinet with a number of options as to how the Government can go about righting this wrong that has impacted so many of our older people.
“The message from today’s protest is clear. Older people want what they are entitled to in order to live their lives without fear of poverty or financial stress.
“All eyes will be on the Government to see if they will deliver on their promise to solve this crisis once and for all.”