Promises on pension age are worst kind of kneejerk politics

As we continue to live longer, we cannot treat workers’ contributions as a bottomless pit to fund others’ retirement

24th January, 2020
Promises on pension age are worst kind of kneejerk politics
Sinéad Moore and Peadar Tóibín of Aontú: the party proposes leaving the pension age at 66. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Parties’ pledges to halt or reverse increases in the retirement age put the spotlight on the stupidity of political promises. Sinn Féin and Labour’s offer to backtrack from the new age of 67 to be introduced next year shows shallowness and a lack of leadership – and how much they want the “grey vote”.

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