Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said workers in Ireland should be given a choice whether or not to retire at the age of 65.
McDonald said giving workers the choice to retire is the mark of a progressive and civilised society.
The Sinn Féin leader acknowledged that it would cost the taxpayer €127 million to restore pension rights to 65-year-olds.
She said her party would support increasing employer’s PRSI contributions by 4% over a number of budgets to pay for this.
“It is essential for workers in manual jobs, factories and caring roles, who have paid their dues by 65″ to have the option to retire with a State pension, but added that her party does not support compulsory retirement,” McDonald said.
She went on to say that Sinn Féin supports a wealth tax for the very wealthy in society.
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