Fail­ing to re­store pen­sions is abuse

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

In ref­er­ence to your ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘TDs to get two salary rises worth more than €3,600 un­der new deal’ (Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Oc­to­ber 2) and also the state­ment by the For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Si­mon Coveney a few days later – “Now we’re the fastest grow­ing econ­omy in Europe for the third year run­ning so we’re now putting money aside” – I note the lack of any men­tion of the restora­tion to the pub­lic ser­vice pen­sion­ers of their pen­sions by any Govern­ment min­is­ter.

We were loaded with the Pen­sion Levy, the USC, and Prop­erty Tax in 2011 to help bring about the great re­cov­ery Mr Coveney boasts about. Did we get thanked for our sac­ri­fice? No.

Be­fore the TDs get their €3,600 rise and the Govern­ment puts any money aside, the pen­sions of the pub­lic ser­vice pen­sion­ers must be re­stored to their pre

2011 lev­els. Many of th­ese pen­sion­ers suf­fer from a wide range of long-term ill­nesses and need their pen­sions to help them through.

Any un­nec­es­sary fur­ther de­lay in restor­ing the pen­sions to their pre 2011 val­ues is a to­tal vin­dic­tive abuse of the el­derly and should not be al­lowed to con­tinue. The pub­lic ser­vice work­ers of to­day will be the pen­sion­ers of to­mor­row and will suf­fer the same kind of abuse in their old age if they fail to sup­port the pub­lic ser­vice pen­sion­ers of to­day.

Des­mond Nolan An­nagh­down, Co Gal­way

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