New law will stop prisoners getting state pensions in jail

The Supreme Court ruled last year that a 76-year-old rapist was entitled to get his state contributory pension while he was in jail. It granted him €10,000 in damages

27th January, 2019
Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is preparing a new law to prevent prisoners from getting state pensions while they are locked up.

The Supreme Court ruled last year that a 76-year-old rapist was entitled to get his state contributory pension while he was in jail. It granted him €10,000 in damages.

However, Doherty is drafting a new law to allow the state to halt the payment of pensions to such prisoners.

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