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The Irish Senior Citizens are back in the Blogsphere

April 2, 2014

Today the Minister for Health and the goverenment published the White Paper its on Universal Health Insurance. Its available at

http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/White-Paper-Final-version-1-April-2014.pdf.

We urge all older people to get a copy or read it online. Its important to all of us. Ensure you have your say let us have your views to email address, info @seniors.ie or by post to 90 Fairview Strand Dublin 3.

Mairead Hayes

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Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year

December 18, 2013

ISCP Christmas Card 2011

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RIGHT OF AUDIENCE FOR PENSIONERS

November 25, 2013

 RIGHT OF AUDIENCE FOR PENSIONERS

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament notes that the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T.D. on behalf of the government has published the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill (No 2) and that it will be befere Seanad Eireann tomorrow Tuesday 26th November. The Bill will change the  Priority Order for Defined Benefit Schemes as well as granting Trustees of Schemes increased powers to restructure schemes which will greatly impact on those workers who are already on pension. 

 The ISCP and its members are concerned that once again the issue of the

RIGHT OF AUDIENCE FOR PENSIONERS

is not being dealt with in this Bill  

 It is worth reiterating that pensioners are former workers who are now in receipt of a benefit for which they and their employer paid during their working lives. Employers asserted that pension payments and sponsorship of pension schemes was a benefit to an employee and was a valid part of remuneration. Membership of schemes was compulsory and all were members, whether active, deferred or members in receipt of pensions

 Prior to the early 1970s pensioners had a right of audience to the Industrial Relations Machinery of the State. Following a successful pensioner case the then Minister for Labour Affairs changed the law the result of whihc is that pensioners have no redress mechanism available to them. When this matter was raised by the ISCP with government the response was   “since pensions in payment could not be reduced there was no need for such access”.

 Mairead Hayes CEO of the ISCP said “this reason is no longer valid as the position has changed dramatically as pensions in payment have been reduced because of the imposition of the Stamp Duty Pension Levy. Now with the introduction of this legislation there is a prospect that they will be further drastically reduced”. Continuing she said “If the government are serious about FAIRNESS + intergenerational Equality then they must start by giving pensioners a right of audience.”

In many schemes Pensioners and or their associations are denied access to Scheme Trustees. This is regrettable at a time when the power of Trustees is being greatly increased. We are concerned that “the option to restructure a scheme”  outside the Double and Single Insolvency process confer powers on Trustees to act in a manner which might not be open and transparent to all of the stakeholders of a scheme. We ask the Minister to ensure that such powers are counterbalances, as a quid pro quo, by the recognition of pensioners active participants in all the processes which affect their scheme.  There must be fairness and transparency for all involved with equal rights to information, accountability up to and including access to the State Industrial Relations Machinery.  

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DEATH OF OUR ESTEEMED EXECUTIVE MEMBER

November 14, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our long standing  Executive Member JIM COUSINS.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this sad time.    

Jim will be sadly missed by all those who knew and worked with him on behalf of older people.

May he rest in peace  

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Death of our esteemed Executive Member and Director

November 6, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our esteemed Executive Member and Director Gerry Whyte RIP. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eileen and family. 

Gerry will be sadly missed by all who knew him in the many areas and facets of his active life. 

Our office will be closed on Friday 8th November as a mark of respect.   

May he rest in peace

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FOR THE MONSTER MUNSTER TURNOUT

November 5, 2013

A special thank you to all who particpated today.

From reports a great turnout of upto 3000. 

Leeside really in the news  what with Roy and Glanmire ARA hitting the headlines. 

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MAKE CORK PROTEST MARCH A MONSTER MUNSTER TURNOUT

November 4, 2013

Calling all,  OLD & YOUNG in Munster to support the Cork Protest March which commences at 12.30 at the Opera House Tuesday 5th November.    

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