DEPUTY Michael Collins has called on the Minister for Employment and Social Protection to remember the women who have served the nation rearing their families and looking after elderly parents and in-laws.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Collins said, during the debate on the proposed Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registrations Bill 2017, that many women have been left ‘high and dry’ by the State when it comes to the provision of pensions for women in the home.
‘These women have saved the State millions of euros in what would’ve been spent for childcare or carers fees,’ Deputy Collins said. Many of these women went back to work for a number of years after their families were reared and are now realising that they do not have enough stamps to receive a state pension’.
‘Many homemakers in my own constituency of Cork South West have brought this issue to my attention in various clinics; they feel that they have been discriminated against,’ Deputy Collins continued. These women feel like they have been left high and dry by the state and what an awful thing for them to feel having served the state in the way they did for so long’.
‘These issues must be address and incorporated into the Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registrations Bill 2017 so that these women are rewarded for their years of work and are not left in a potentially unstable financial situation in years ahead,’ Deputy Collins concluded.