Active Retirement Ireland (ARI), Ireland’s largest community-based organisation for older people, has today (23.01.18) responded to the pension reforms outlined this afternoon by Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty TD.
Peter Kavanagh, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for ARI, said: “We’re deeply disappointed that the Government has not opted for a straight reversal of the 2012 pension cuts, which would be the easiest way to address the imbalance in the system that has affected up to 40,000 pensioners to date. We are also disappointed that the onus is on pensioners to opt-in to a scheme to rectify an error that was not of their making.
“The solution proposed by Minister Doherty falls short of our demands, but is a welcome step in the right direction. It is clear that the minister has been listening to us. Unfortunately, the solution proposed, while extending care credits, will not help those who left the workforce for reasons other than care provision.
“In the next few days we will be looking at the changes in more detail and discussing the next steps in our campaign with our members and partner organisations.”