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Green chairman opposes pension cut

Michael Brennan and Louise Hogan

Published 18/05/2010 | 05:00

HIS twitterings have landed him in trouble before. Now, the Green Party's chairman Dan Boyle has used the internet once again to declare that he is against an across-the-board cut to the old age pension.

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While Mr Boyle did not rule out a means test for people who already have a second pension on top of their state entitlement, he used his 'Twitter' posting to make his feelings clear.

"Talk of a state pension cut is getting out of hand. I'm not expecting such a proposal and if made, the Green Party would not support it," he wrote yesterday.

He said his party would consider a means test, as long as it contained the "very generous" thresholds put in place for the over-70s' medical-card applications.

Social Welfare Minister Eamon O Cuiv had already clearly signalled that pensions may be one of the areas targeted for cutbacks.

Yesterday, junior health minister Aine Brady said: "He (Mr O Cuiv) has assured people -- and I would like to again give people that assurance -- that the most vulnerable will be protected."

However, she added: "The minister cannot rule anything out or in."

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