Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection Willie O’Dea said Sinn Féin’s Manifesto will do little to improve the incomes of older people.

Commenting on the issue Deputy O’Dea said: “Sinn Féin has made no commitment in its Manifesto to increasing the State Pension.  It would appear from my calculations that their proposals in relation to the Telephone Allowance and the Fuel Allowance would mean a pensioner will only see a paltry increase of €3.50 in their weekly cash income under commitments made by Sinn Féin.

“Under Fianna Fáil’s proposals a pensioner would see a €30.00 increase in their weekly cash income. Fianna Fáil have committed to increasing the State Pension by €30.00 over the lifetime of the next Government. Furthermore, those living alone will also benefit from our commitment to increase the Living Alone Allowance to €15.00.

“What is emerging from this campaign is that Fianna Fáil is the only party that can deliver for older people. We are committed to creating a fairer Ireland and our policies will ensure that older people will see a tangible and measurable improvement in their income and their living standards.”