I spoke with Lillian McCarthy, founder member of Pensioners for Equality. They scored a great victory by militant action, campaigning and protesting. Minister Doherty was forced to acknowledge the justice of their cause. True, back-money is being paid from last March only,but they won their main demand – that years spent as carers would be included in their penion calculation – and they’re not done yet !! Well done to Lillian and her fellow campaigners.

 

The State discriminates against youth in its implementation of Social Welfare payments. Food, transport, clothing all cost the same whether you are 20 or 30 years of age but those under 24 are expected to live on less. So much for the ‘Equality Agenda’ we hear of from this government. Dail debate 6.12.17