Saturday 24 March 2018

John Drennan: Pensioner body fires angry warning across State bows


A furious outburst by the Retired Civil and Public Servants' Association (RCPSA) has provided the Government with an indication of the difficulties it will face should they attempt to cut the current raft of entitlements that pensioners receive.

In a recent analysis of Irish public expenditure, the IMF suggested that the Government should look at the ongoing viability of benefits such as the controversial free medical cards scheme for the over 70s.

It is believed that this, allied to other benefits such as lower tax rates, the free television licence and allowances for electricity, telephones and free travel, means pensioners on €50,000 a year could be up to €5,000 a year better off than a working couple on the same income.

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