Pensions and Retirement Age:
Fianna Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Willie O'Dea commented
"Fianna Fáil recognises that it is inherently unfair for people having worked all of their lives to be forced to sign on the dole. The increase in the State Pension age to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028 will exacerbate this issue. Fine Gael has been in Government for almost a decade and in that time did nothing to address this issue and failed to prepare the public for the changes ahead."
- On an interim basis reinstate the State Pension (Transition) which will be paid to people aged 65 & over who are forced to retire but are not yet entitled to a State Pension at a cost €150m
Immediately convene a comprehensive review of the planned increase in the State Pension age, including making exemptions for workers with demanding occupations, since health considerations may make it unreasonable to expect them to work longer.
Progress our Bill which we introduced in the last Dáil to outlaw contracts that stipulate retirement at 65.
Encourage employers to facilitate employees who wish to work beyond the age of 65".