Wednesday 21 March 2018

Golden pensions

•This is in regard to claims by Richard Bruton that changes to public-sector pensions "cannot be applied retrospectively" and by Eamon Gilmore that the pension awarded to the former Secretary to the Government Dermot McCarthy "cannot be taken back".

It's amazing how different the answer can be depending on how the question is phrased. If the Government asked, "Tell us why we can't reduce and take back the pensions of former government ministers and senior public-sector retirees," it gets a completely different answer than if it had asked, "Tell us how we can reduce and claim back the pensions paid to former government ministers and senior public sector retirees."

The difference between the two questions comes down to a lack of political will on the part of the Government.

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