Older women have waited long enough. The Government must use the Social Welfare Bill to reverse the changes made in 2012 that made it harder for women to access their full pension rights.
Why is this important?
Ireland has a gender pension gap of 37%, and women have considerably less access to State pensions than men. Changes to pension contribution bands in 2012 made it harder for women to qualify for a State pension, compounding the situation. Tens of thousands of women get smaller pensions, or sometimes no pension at all, simply because they took time out of the workforce to care for their children.