Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Rural and Community Affairs, Carol Nolan TD has commended all those who travelled to Leinster House on Thursday to make their voices heard for pension equality and fairness.
Deputy Nolan stated that she has highlighted and spoken on this issue a number of times and stated that she had met many constituents around Offaly who have been impacted by the reduced pension they received as a result of the 2012 changes.
She said: "Some women that I have spoken to could have retired before these changes came into effect but because they decided to stay on in the workforce for a few more years after rearing their families they lost out, these women feel that they were cheated out of their rightful pension."
"I feel very strongly about this pension issue as it's extremely unfair and disproportionately affects women, it is high time that 42,000 people who are wrongly in receipt of reduced State Pensions 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," Nolan continued.
“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. Pensioners 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.”
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