Fianna Fáil TDs urge Taoiseach to leave state retirement age at 66 with low PRSI increases

Fianna Fáil TDs tonight urged the Taoiseach to keep the state retirement age at 66, with slight increases in the PRSI.

This is a departure from the Pensions Commission’s recommendations of recent months, which say there should be quarterly increases to 67 between 2028 and 2031, before gradually increasing to 68 by 2039.

However, Fianna Fáil TDs tonight urged party leader Taoiseach Micheál Martin to instead leave the state retirement age at 66 and raise PRSI slightly.

“The preferred option should be low PRSI increases, about 0.4 percent or 0.5 percent, which would do a lot to keep the retirement age at 66,” a source said.

TDs Eamon Ó Cúiv, former Minister Dara Calleary, John McGuinness and Paul McAuliffe, and Senator Eugene Murphy are understood to have spoken on the issue and there was plenty of support among their party colleagues.

“There was no dissenting vote in the parliamentary group,” a source said.

“The members want to stick to the party policy that we had in the last federal election campaign, namely to leave the statutory retirement age at 66 years.”

Politicians have urged the Taoiseach to consult his fellow parliamentarians before making a final decision on the retirement age and whether or not to accept the Pensions Commission’s recommendations.

The Taoiseach is understood to have told his party it would be considered in a cabinet subcommittee, with a source saying he was not as supportive of the move and was “cautious” in his comments.

There has also been some criticism of Social Protection Secretary Heather Humphreys and her response to a report by the Oireachtas Social Protection Committee earlier this year that said the state retirement age should be kept at 66.

Separately, the meeting also heard praise for Education Secretary Norma Foley, who launched a major overhaul of the Leaving Cert yesterday.

The Taoiseach also told his party that energy supply is a “big issue” for the government and that he is pushing for flexibility in the energy directive at the EU level. Fianna Fáil TDs urge Taoiseach to leave state retirement age at 66 with low PRSI increases

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