New Kildare County Council candidate campaigns for women on reduced pensions

Ciara O’Keeffe believes reduction is unfair

Conor McHugh

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New Kildare County Council candidate campaigns for women on reduced pensions

Minister Regina Doherty, Martin Heydon TD and new candidate Ciara O'Keeffe

Fine Gael has launched a candidate in Athy, Ciara O’Keeffe, at an event attended by Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty.

The launch took place at the Athy Community Arts Centre last week.

Ms O’Keeffe used the event to highlight the plight of Kildare based women who are in receipt of reduced old age pensions because they took time out of working careers to work in the home, caring for their children.

She believes that the reduction is unfair and wants to see those affected restored to the same pension as everyone else. She also believes that women should stand together to fight for this.

The Minister explained that all situations of reduced pensions are being reviewed and that to date, of 20,337 reviews completed, 13,951 have received increases with 6,386 remaining on their existing rate.

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“The Minister said it would take a number of months to complete the reviews due to the numbers involved and the individual nature of social insurance records,” Ms O’Keeffe said.

“This work will continue until all identified pensioners receive their review outcome.”

The new candidate welcomed the progress to date and emphasised to the Minister the need to get all reviews completed as soon as possible.