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Saturday 26 May 2018


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Irish minister hints at state pension rise in next budget

Written by Talya Misiri

Ireland’s Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has also hinted at a rise in the state pension in the next budget.

According to Breaking News Ireland, Doherty has said that there may be a rise in the state pension later this year.

Nonetheless, Doherty also recognised that others may need more financial assistance than pensioners: "I'm very conscious of the fact that there are other people who are far more vulnerable in society than pensioners.

"Lone parents at the moment are probably the most vulnerable people in society.

"Children are at the highest risk of poverty in this country with 20% of our children in deprivation levels. That to me is very important, that needs to be addressed."

Last month, Taoiseach Minister for Defence and leader of Fine Gael Leo Varadkar said during a briefing to political reporters that although he cannot “go into any specifics on the Budget”, the government plans to increase the state pension and “increase it ahead of the rate of inflation and do so every year”.

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