Galway East candidate Cllr Donagh Killilea has clarified the Fianna Fail policy on pensions following what he said was confusion at the doorsteps about what will happen if the party are elected to government.
Cllr Killilea said he believes that working past 65 should be an option and not a requirement.
“Fianna Fáil will ensure that those who are 65 will not have to sign on the dole. We will provide a full transition payment which will not be means tested. We will also defer the increase in the State pension age,” he said.
“Fianna Fail will increase the state pension by €25 over the lifetime of the next government. We will protect the Free Travel, allocate an additional €20m to Housing Adaptation Grants and provide an additional 5 million home care hours over the next five years,” he added.
Killilea said that if elected to government, Fianna Fáil will deliver for older people.
“A key priority for us in government will be to ensure that older people have the income and resources that they require to live full and independent lives,” he concluded.