|Ernest Blythe - his 1928 pension cut is still remembered
Cork Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan has condemned comments of Social Welfare Minister Eamon ” Cuiv
in which the Minister hinted that the State Pension (formerly known as the Old Age Pension) might be cut in the next Budget.
Tynan said that the Minister would find himself faced with the wrath of pensioners if he attempted to interfere with a right
people had worked all their lives to earn and the Workers Party described claims about wealthy people on State Pensions as
a "red herring".
The State Pension is a means-tested payment. People who have paid in via their PRSI or stamps during
their working lives may qualify for a Contributory Pension but the Non-Contributory Pension is subjected to a rigorous means
test. The whole talk about people with wealth getting the State Pension is nothing other than a diversion and is a bit rich
coming from a government that claimed it was unable to cut the massive pensions paid to judges and the golden handshakes given
to criminal bankers.
"The Pension is a meagre enough payment and does not even make ends meet for people, particularly
during Winter when they have to spend a large part of their pension on fuel in order to keep warm. In the harsh winter just
gone by many elderly people, and indeed other people on welfare or low pay, ran up large bills for heating because it was
literally a matter of life or death for them. Eamon ” Cuiv, a grandson of …amon De Valera, should know how dangerous it is
to try and cut the pension - after all his grandfather got elected Taoiseach for the first time after a predecessor, Ernest
Blythe took a shilling off the Old Age Pension. Blythe later lost his seat. Mr. ” Cuiv should worry about his if he does the
same", said Cllr. Tynan.
Issued 15th May 2010