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# Pensioners

This year
Analysis: Older people are vulnerable to poverty - more should have been done for them
Mary Murphy of Age Action says there are some positives in the budget but the government could have gone further.
Double child benefit 'worked well' last year, says minister as repeat flagged for Budget 2024
The new pay-related benefit plan is at an ‘advanced stage’ according Minister Heather Humphreys.
Last year
Pension age to stay at 66, but higher payments for those who continue to work
People will have the option of working to age 70 in exchange for a higher rate of pension payments.
Pension age shouldn't go beyond 66, says Micheál Martin
Opinion: I am one of 'generation rent' - it sounds like a joke but we've stopped laughing
Proposals on possible pension age increase to go to Govt before summer recess, says minister
The Pensions Commission has recommended a gradual increase in the qualification age from 66 to 68 over the next 17 years.
Paramedics set up GoFundMe page to assist elderly siblings robbed at knife point
Gerry O’Halloran (79) and his 83 year old sister Mary were threatened by a male intruder in the course of an aggravated burglary.
All time
ESRI: Those who live alone are at greater risk of falling below the poverty line when they retire
Researchers examined whether soon-to-be pensioners will have adequate income in retirement.
Opinion: Signing on the dole as a pensioner was a horrible experience
They sent me to a workshop where I had to say I was interested in jobs, writes Sue Redmond, a retired health worker.
Some pensioners in South Dublin to be hit with council house rent rise of more than €600
“Multi-person households” that include pensioners will not receive the €10 weekly discount.
'We must be more vigilant': Body of pensioner lay undiscovered in house for seven months
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
'A recovery for whom?': Government slammed for refusal to reintroduce free passport for pensioners
Free passports for pensioners were done away with under austerity measures, but there are calls now to bring it back.
Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation'
Minister Regina Doherty said it’s important to stay in contact with family and friends as we get older.
'I never cost the State a penny, but now they're taking part of my pension'
Tens of thousands of people are losing out on receiving a full State pension due to rules that were introduced in 2012.
The pension is definitely going up and Micheál Martin has dismissed claims he's opposed to rises
“We are working towards increasing the pension in the next budget,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said.
Scottish Tories say country is 'too cold' to means-test winter fuel payments
The Conservative Party wants the payment to be means-tested in other parts of the UK.
Serial burglar who targets pensioners sentenced to 144 years in prison over his criminal career
Connors told the couple he “had mates waiting outside” and said he would set the apartment on fire.
Poll: Do you think the state pension should be increased?
Fianna Fáil wants a €5 increase for pensioners in the next Budget.
Irish pensioners made to choose between heat and food need extra €5 a week
Age Action is calling for increases to the State pension and the living alone allowance.
People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year
The bonus is paid to long-term welfare claimants such as jobseekers, pensioners, carers, lone-parents and those with a disability.
No such thing as a free lunch? Not for these pensioners
Take a break and read about this random act of kindness.
Niece suspected as thousands disappear from pensioner's account
This is just one example of elder abuse in Ireland.
Oscar and Costa strike as leaders Chelsea take advantage of Man City's slip-up
Jose Mourinho’s men are now two points clear at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year
The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.
Readers’ Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from Budget 2015?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
Opinion: You’re never too old to talk – so don't overlook older people's mental health
Some great strides have been made in this country in recent years to tackle mental health issues, but let’s make sure all people in society are cared for.
Pensioners are now having to 'choose between food and fuel and medication'
Age Action says it would welcome the return of the Christmas Bonus in next week’s Budget.
Pensioners could face jail over housing eviction
Martin and Violet Coyne face homelessness after alternative accommodation falls through.
€10,000 reward offered for information on gang attacking pensioners in Donegal
The community have come together to try and put an end to the attacks on the elderly.
Burton says pension changes will give "certainty"
Joan Burton says that the Government hopes that uses of the new law will be a “rare event”.
Column: Pitting one section of the Irish people against another weakens us all
Budget 2014 hit the most vulnerable elements of society – not the young, the sick, the old, or pregnant alone. We need to show intergenerational solidarity and stand together against this injustice, writes Peter Kavanagh.
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about the pensioners’ protest, a little girl taken from a Roma family in Dublin and the NSA spying on the French.
VIDEO: Pensioners at today's protest believe the worst is yet to come
One worries that without the telephone allowance her emergency alarm will be cut off. Another wishes he had never moved back to Ireland.
Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts
The crowd at Leinster House was predominantly made up of elderly people who oppose cuts to medical cards for over 70s and other measures announced in last week’s Budget.
Noonan: 'No connection' between cuts for pensioners & free GP care for under 5s
The Minister’s been speaking to reporters on his way into the final Cabinet meeting ahead of Budget 2014.
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?
Poll: Should pensioners pay for their TV licences?
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary thinks free television licences and free travel for over 65s should be done away with. What do you think?
Cut in private pension tax break could facilitate universal pension for all over 65s
A study by Social Justice Ireland was launched earlier today.
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.
New EU-funded device detects when a pensioner has a bad fall
Around 20 per cent of elderly people receive hospital care every year after a fall.
Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'
Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.
8 things we learned from Revenue's annual report
Nearly 100 million cigarettes, a million litres of fuel and nearly €50 million of drugs were seized by Revenue last year.