Kerry women tell of pensions plight

Deputy Michael Healy Rae with Kerry delegates at the National Women's Council of Ireland's pre-budget event in Dublin.
Deputy Michael Healy Rae with Kerry delegates at the National Women's Council of Ireland's pre-budget event in Dublin.

A number of women from Kerry addressed the issue of pension inequality and its impact on their lives in a pre-budget event in Dublin last week attended by Kerry TDs Martin Ferris, Michael and Danny Healy Rae.

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) launched its pre-budget submission Value for Money and Money for Values at a briefing in Buswell's Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday.

Central to the focus of the submission are the issues of pension inequality and pay levels and affordability in the childcare centre. The Kerry TDs heard how the historic marriage bar in the public service is still impacting on the pensions of thousands of women nationwide, with the NCWI calling for the Homemakers' Scheme to be backdated to 1973 (it currently applies retrospectively to 1994) in the budget.

The Council is also seeking better pay in the childcare workforce, staffed predominantly by women.

Kerryman

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