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VIDEO: Aer Lingus pensioners protest outside Dail against slashed pensions

Pensioners from Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority - who have seen their pensions slashed in half - are protesting outside the Dail.

They are calling on the government to bring in a relief package of around €50 million from pension reserves to offset the cuts.

Spokesperson Vincent Lynch - himself a retired worker - said pensioners with deferred pensions had been abandoned by their unions who had elected only to represent pensioners who are currently in receipt of their pensions.

He explained the group of around 50 protestors had taken early retirement packages with a lump sum to tide them over until they reached the age when their pensions kicked in.

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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

They had done this on company advice with the promise of a "liveable pension" he said.

However he claimed that with the "swoop of a pen" these pensions had been reduced by some 48pc.

Mr Lynch said he knew of a colleague who had retired last year with the promise of a pension of €26,000. That is now down to €13,000, he said.

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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

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Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pensioners protest over deferred pensions at Dail. Pic Tom Burke

His colleague is "desperately worried", he said.

The protestors were met by individual politicians outside the dail including Shane Ross TD, Mick Wallace TD and Lucinda Creighton TD.

Ms Creighton said the situation was deeply unfair and said the deferred pensioners had been effectively abandoned by their unions.

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