Sunday 21 October 2018

Stamp out pension bias

Joan Burton. Photo: Frank McGrath
Joan Burton. Photo: Frank McGrath
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Help! Why are women still being discriminated against in 2018? I am one of Joan Burton's victims, as the changes made by the former social protection minister stop me qualifying for a full pension.

I started working in 1969 and I finished in December 2016. By then I had more than the required number of social welfare stamps to receive my full pension (520 stamps).

Yet because my work life was interrupted having children, and rearing them, and also looking after my grandparents until they died, I now find myself at nearly 70 years of age getting a weekly State pension of €158 - instead of €243.

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