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Thursday 30 March 2017

Green chairman opposes pension cut

Michael Brennan and Louise Hogan

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.

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."

Irish Independent

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