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Old 08-11-2013, 11:10 AM
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http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...-29489715.html

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The Government is being warned to “prepare for war” if it tries to cut the old-age pension.

The coalition is being urged to clarify its position following reports in the Sunday Independent of a planned €10-a-week cut to the old age pension.

Fianna Fail social welfare spokesman Willie O’Dea said such speculation frightened the elderly and would be resisted.

“If Joan Burton is ready to acquiesce with another attack on the most vulnerable, she’d better be prepared for war,” he said.

“I want the Government to make an unequivocal statement that this is not going to happen,” he said.

Senior coalition sources told the Sunday Independent that the Government wants to cut the old-age pension to meet a €3.1bn Budget Day target, senior coalition sources have said.

At present, more than half-a-million pensioners receive payments of up to €230 a week from the State.

It has now emerged that a proposal to means-test the pension has been overtaken by discussions that it be cut instead.

The total cost of the old-age pension, or the state contributory pension, is €5.3bn a year.

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