Tuesday 28 February 2017

Growing old should not mean growing poor

Justin Moran

'They are not dependents, nor ‘pension time bombs’, nor ‘bed-blockers’. They are men and women whose hard work helped see us through the last recession'. Photo: PA
'They are not dependents, nor ‘pension time bombs’, nor ‘bed-blockers’. They are men and women whose hard work helped see us through the last recession'. Photo: PA

More than half a million older people are eligible to vote in next week's General Election. In 2011, turnout among voters over the age of 65 was 88pc, far higher than the national average.

These votes will be critical in constituencies across this country, in deciding the make-up of the next government.

They are not dependents, nor 'pension time bombs', nor 'bed-blockers'. They are men and women whose hard work helped see us through the last recession. They continue to run our community groups, our GAA clubs and to care for their grandchildren to enable their own children to go to work.

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