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Q&A: The questions that remain over when you'll finally get to collect your State pension

As watchdog recommends that we work until age 69, what are the issues facing us?

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Waiting game: Many who have paid into the system their whole working lives have been left frustrated. Picture posed

Waiting game: Many who have paid into the system their whole working lives have been left frustrated. Picture posed

Waiting game: Many who have paid into the system their whole working lives have been left frustrated. Picture posed

Q: Why has the pension age become a hot topic again?

A: The controversial issue of the age at which people qualify for the State pension flared up again this week when the State's budget watchdog weighed into the debate and recommended that people work until they are 69 before drawing down the contributory pension.

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council argues that the population is young now by European standards but we are ageing rapidly. Rising healthcare costs also mean measures are needed to deal with the increasing cost of an older population.