The Government has lost a Dáil vote on pension equality legislation proposed by Sinn Féin. The Government’s counter-motion was defeated by 83 votes to 49 after Fianna Fáil voted with Sinn Féin.
The original Sinn Féin motion was put forward by Wicklow TD John Brady.
In it, he calls for an end to the situation whereby people – who have to retire at 65 – have to go on jobseekers’ allowance for a year before getting access to their pension.
He also called for pension equality for women following changes to pension bands and rates in 2012.
The motion can be read here