Tuesday 25 September 2018

Comment - Untangling one knot just creates another

Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty TD during a media announcement on pensions today at the Government Press Centre, Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty TD during a media announcement on pensions today at the Government Press Centre, Government Buildings, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
John Downing

John Downing

The law of unintended consequences often seems to permanently live in the endless masses of pensions small print.

Thus, there was a chance that Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty's efforts to untangle the pensions travesty would either dislodge other difficulties, or not quite hit the target.

Fianna Fáil welfare spokesman Willie O'Dea, who has harried the Government for pension remedies over the past six months, has conceded that Ms Doherty's changes "were a step in the right direction." But there are too many unresolved snags - and it may well not be a good deal for men.

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