Imelda Munster TD.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has described reports that Fianna Fáil may renege on commitments to defer the increase in the age of eligibility for a State pension next year as "despicable, but typical of Fianna Fáil."
"Fine Gael and Labour increased the pension age to 66 in 2014 and have not committed to reversing that change. Under their plan the State pension age will increase to 67 next year” Deputy Munster said.
“It's now clear that Fianna Fáil will not reverse the increase in pension age either. Sinn Féin is the only party that will guarantee a State pension at 65.
"This week we are hearing that Fianna Fáil may renege on commitments to defer the increase in the age of eligibility for a State pension next year if they form a government.
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“This move is despicable, and a return to form for Fianna Fáil who will promise everything during an election but deliver nothing in government.
"It was Sinn Féin who put this issue on the agenda during the general election campaign, which pushed Mícheál Martin to make a commitment in line with Sinn Féin's promise to reduce the pension age to 65.
“This development shows that this commitment from Fianna Fáil counts for nothing. This is an example of what is to come under Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government - if they get their way.
"Sinn Féin are the only party that are clear and unequivocal on this issue, and we are the only party that will guarantee the right to a State pension at 65.
"The rise in the pension age will affect our parents, our grandparents and our families. It will affect our friends and neighbours. These are people who worked all their lives, and kept this state going, providing the resources to build our hospitals, our schools and our roads.
"They are entitled to respect and dignity and a State pension at 65 - if they so choose. Under our plan nobody would be forced to retire, but we think anyone who wishes to retire at 65 should be able to claim the State pension if they so choose.
"That is what is fair, just and in line with the values of the vast majority of the Irish people."
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