Government must take steps to correct inequities in pensions system – Troy

– Women have been unfairly treated under system brought in under FG-Lab Govt –

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy has called on the Government to set out a timeframe for addressing the inequalities in the State pension, which are negatively impacting on women.

Fianna Fáil brought forward a private members motion to highlight the issue. It’s hoping the motion can be used as a roadmap by the Government to create a fairer system.

Deputy Troy explained, “The current pension system puts women at a severe disadvantage. Anyone who took time out from the workforce for caring and childminding duties is penalised. The situation was further exacerbated by the disastrous changes introduced by Fine Gael and Labour in 2012. I have raised this issue on a number of occasions in the Dáil and have highlighted the need for Government action to address the problem.

“Of the 36,000 people affected by these changes, 62% are women. Even the Minister for Finance described this situation as ‘bonkers’ and ‘unbelievable’, whilst Joan Burton the then Tánaiste and Minister responsible for introducing the 2012 changes has said she ‘regrets’ them.

“I have been long calling for this disastrous situation to be addressed. The inequities have resulted in tens of thousands of people losing out on their full pension entitlements – with around 23,000 women impacted. The Government must begin correcting these anomalies to ensure equal treatment of men and women.

“It’s disappointing that the Government has allowed this issue to continue for so long and it is imperative that it is tackled. I would like to see Ministers outline a plan which would allow for the anomaly to be addressed on an incremental basis, reflecting the finances available to the State.

“The State has a roll to play to leading the way in ending gender discrimination in this country. It needs to start with this glaringly obvious problem that is affecting so many of our citizens,” concluded Deputy Troy.