The State pension system is “not sustainable” and there is “no getting away from that fact”, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said.
Ms Humphreys also said there are “no easy options” when it comes to reforming the State pension.
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands said in its report, published on Wednesday, that the State pension age should not rise beyond the age of 66.
Its view runs counter to the stance of the Pensions Commission which argued the pension age should rise in steps to 67 by 2031 and then to 68 by 2039.
“Today we have 4.5 people working for every one pensioner, by 2050 we will have two people working for every pensioner,” Ms Humpreys said.
Author(s): Sarah Burns
Publication Date: 3 Feb 2022
Publication Site: Irish Times