Legislation to raise the pension age to 68 - and to reverse the cut in the national minimum wage - has been passed through the Dáil.
The Social Welfare and Pensions Bill was rushed through, despite objections from angry opposition benches.
Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the Government was fast-tracking the wage legislation – to fulfil a promise to voters.
They were committed, he said, to restoring the minimum wage to its former level by July 1.
People under the age of 50 will not get a state pension until they are at least 68, under these changes.
The pension age will rise by one year to 66 from 2014.
In 2021 the state pension age will be set at 67 and 2028 it will be set at 68.