Fianna Fáil candidate for Longford Westmeath Robert Troy maintains that the party will raise the State Pension, both the Contributory & Non-Contributory, by €30 over the lifetime of the Government.
“Older people in Ireland deserve to be treated with respect and dignity after working hard for their whole lives. The current Government has treated the elderly with a lack of respect, raising the state pension by a measly €3. Fianna Fáil has always been committed to protecting our elderly and has a track record of delivering for older people. If elected we will increase the state pension by €30. We will also increase the Living Alone Allowance by €15.
“Here in Westmeath we have a large senior population. I am greatly concerned by the hardships faced by our senior citizens who have seen their pensions diminish under this government. Fianna Fáil are committed to abolishing the wasteful quango that is Irish Water, scrapping the water charges & abolishing prescription charges. These measures will help to protect the elderly.
“Labour and Fine Gael have implemented an array of harsh and regressive measures that have afflicted the incomes of older people. They have changed the qualifications to access medical cards, overseen a fivefold increase in prescription fees, axed the telephone allowance, reduced the vital Household Benefits Package, abolished the Bereavement Grant and introduced water charges.
“Despite taking so much more from older people, there has been a cut in their services, with Gardaí numbers cut and an increase in crime. The recent gangland murders in Dublin show why we cannot slash public services which older people and the vulnerable rely on. This Government have taken too much off the elderly – they have no more to give.
“The Government’s spin machine has tried to pedal the myth that older people have been protected. However, the facts show that the deprivation rate for those aged over 65 has risen from 9.5% in 2009 to 14.3% in 2014 under this Government. If in Government Fianna Fáil will end this two tiered recovery, where the government is taking from groups who have the least to give, such as the elderly. We will create a fairer society to enable Ireland’s older live full and independent lives with proper resources and services.”