Thursday 14 December 2017

Brian Brennan: Pension quest like pursuit of the Holy Grail

A protest over medical cards outside the Dail in 2008. The over 65s have many questions they want answered about the state pension and they're not afraid to make themselves heard
A protest over medical cards outside the Dail in 2008. The over 65s have many questions they want answered about the state pension and they're not afraid to make themselves heard

Brian Brennan

WITH some difficulty, after an hour-long expedition, I found the right social welfare office. The long trek was largely due to my own poor research, so let's not dwell on it, except to say that it was a very hot afternoon (remember last Thursday?) and I should not have worn the heavy green jacket.

Getting across a busy street in the centre of Dublin city is a big enough challenge these days, requiring either the patience of Job or the athleticism of Usain Bolt. You don't need the added handicap of a leaden diving suit.

In the inside pocket of the green jacket was an application form for the state pension (transitional) . . . and this was central to my mission.

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