O Cuiv refusing to rule out pension cut
SOCIAL Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv yesterday refused to rule out cutting the old-age pension.
It came as the Green Party rowed back on its demands that any reduction in the pension be "totally ruled out".
Mr O Cuiv said he would seek to protect the old, the weak and the vulnerable in the short and long term but warned that cuts will have to be made across the social welfare budget.
He said the Government is trying to "work out the fairest, most compassionate, most understanding package" for next month's Budget.
Earlier this week, Mr O Cuiv said it is "patently nonsense" to say nobody over the age of 65 should pay more toward fixing the public finances, indicating that those with large pension pots may be targeted through areas like tax.
His comments came as Green Party finance spokesman Senator Dan Boyle drew back from remarks made earlier by deputy leader Mary White that cuts to the pension "must be totally ruled out" in next month's Budget.