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Teacher-TDs and their pensions

YOUR article ‘Teacher-TDs in line for double pension bonanza’ (Irish Independent, February 22) is just another example of one rule for our politicians and a different rule for ‘ordinary’ people.

Back in 2004, there was an outcry from widows when Mary Coughlan took away their existing entitlement to sick pay or unemployment benefit (for which they had paid via PRSI contributions).

She justified the cut because of current financial difficulties. Her spokesperson, quoted in your paper, claimed that the decision was based on “the general principle common to social security systems that a person is entitled to one maintenance payment at one time”.

Why is the same rationale not being applied to our teacher-TDs?

Renouncing the teaching pension should not be at the discretion of the TD, and when they have been shamed into it.

ENID O’DOWD

RANELAGH, DUBLIN 6