Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Willie O’Dea has said that his motion on State Pension inequality between men and women should be used by the Government as a roadmap to ending this unfair situation.
Deputy O’Dea was speaking in advance of his Private Members’ Motion which is due to be debated tonight in Dáil Éireann.
“The 2012 band changes to how State Contributory Pensions are calculated have had a detrimental effect on over 35,000 people, including 23,000 women.
“We are in this position because thousands of women, in particular, took the decision to take time out of their careers to raise their families or look after and care for a loved one.
“They are being penalised financially for taking a decision in their best interests, and in the best interests of their family.
“Our motion’s desired impact is quite clear – equality of treatment between men and women in relation to pension contributions.
“There is an urgent need to provide an incremental pathway to address and correct all of the pension anomalies through the Social Insurance Fund.
“It is disappointing that this government has allowed this situation to continue for as long as it has. Men and women should be treated equally in terms of their State Pension payment. It’s as simple as that.
“The Government must outline a roadmap, over the course of a number of budgets, to bridge the gap and end the inequality that is clear for every right minded person to see.
“The State has a roll to play to leading the way in ending gender discrimination in this country. It needs to start with this glaringly obvious problem that is affecting so many of our citizens,” concluded O’Dea.