Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kevin Doyle: There's a smell of election around the €5 pension hike

Older people vote with their feet and their pencils in a way that the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ who are struggling with mortgages, childcare, transport and food costs simply don’t have time to. Photo: PA
Older people vote with their feet and their pencils in a way that the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ who are struggling with mortgages, childcare, transport and food costs simply don’t have time to. Photo: PA
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

If anybody is in any doubt about the fragility of the Government, they just need to look at how much focus is being put on the elderly ahead of Budget 2017.

It was a quiet Sunday in early August when Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea broke ranks to make a €5 pension hike a redline issue.

The wily Limerick TD stole a march on everybody else, and effectively forced the increase from a Fine Gael party who were afraid to say what they are really thinking: That €150m can be better used right now.

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