Greens: Minister’s pension platitudes ring hollow for women affected by gender gap

12th October 2017



The Green Party said today that platitudes from Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe, will ring hollow for the thousands of women suffering pension inequality.

 

The Minister himself described it as "bonkers and unbelievable" that women are losing out on pension payments due to a recent change in the rules, despite failing to address these issues in Budget 2018.

 

Speaking today, Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said: “Tens of thousands of women are affected by this gross injustice, and the Minister’s platitudes will be of little comfort to them after he failed to even begin to address this issue in Budget 2018.

 

“Many women who got up early in the morning for years to work or look after the nation's children are now entering an insecure impoverished retirement. They will have limited access to pensions because of low pay, poor conditions of work and having to take time out for caring responsibilities. Retired women are losing more than €1,500 a year on average, according to calculations by advocacy group Age Action.

 

“This Budget was an opportunity for the Government to end this blatant discrimination by reversing the 2012 changes to pensions contributions but it continues to turn its back on thousands of women. This is simply not good enough.”