The pension age is now a major election issue - so where do all the parties stand?

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The pension age is set to increase to 67 in 2021, and 68 in 2028.

THE RETIREMENT AGE and State pensions has become a big issue in the first week of campaigning for the 2020 general election, with parties trying to both appeal to voters but also acknowledge that the growing population requires a change in tack.

A non-contributory State pension is a means-tested version of the above for those who don’t qualify for the full State pension because of their social insurance record. That payment is worth between €237 and €247. “We’re adamant that people have security in their pensions. So to be fair, the pensions policy that we have is that [the retirement age] will increase to 67, and in a number of years’ time, it will increase to 68 because we need to ensure sustainability.“But what I have in the manifesto is a ‘pensions pathway’ because over the last couple of years, people told me that they feel degraded by having to sign on for the dole when they reach 66.

She continued: “Under the Constitution, any interference by the State with those rights has to be necessary and proportionate but what we did do in the last number of months was move to allow people in the public sector to work until they are 70.” “That’s what I mean by sustainable,” he said referring to the massive costs associated with reversing the plan, and Ireland’s increasing elderly population.

Cheap promises from Mícheál Martin’s party ahead of an election to review the planned increase in the pension age means nothing for those who are already struggling. A spokesperson said that it was Sinn Féin “who put this issue on the political agenda”, referencing a Sinn Féin Bill on the pension age that was due before the Dáil dissolved.

Social Democrats The Social Democrats said they support the “Stop67 pension age campaign”. The campaign is being spearheaded by trade union Siptu to stop the retirement age at 66.


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Unfortunately LeoVaradkar is merely implementing a decision of fiannafailparty to raise the pension age to 68. The move was proposed by MaryHanafin1 who BTW is qualified for 3 pensions they also gave the NPRF to the banks.

300 euro in that old boys hand he’ll be getting a visit from revenue now

Stop complaining, ye geriatric malingerers, and get back down those Siberian salt mines. Leo's ventriloquist Angela knows best: 'Arbeit macht frei/Work sets you free!'

It will be 70 by the time it comes around to us and if they don’t start now, it will be 75 by the tine it comes around to us.

Not it’s not. Your just repeating yesterday’s political pledges. It’s not a major issue, just another in a long line of issues. Watch now SockyMcSockface will be out changing his mind about raising the retirement age. Ha ha ha

They normally stand behind their own teachers pension and their over the top TD's pension before they get a job in the EU that has its own over the top pension as well?

I would have said earlier in the day that I was a day closer to retirement but now add a few more years to that.

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