Cowen Defends Pensioners’ Right to Choose

Acting Taoiseach Brian Cowen has defended the rights of Irish pensioners to choose whether they retain their pensions in the face of an all out attack on some of the weakest and most indefensible in our society by hard-hearted cabinet members Dermot Ahern & Mary Hanafin.

Ahern & Hanafin have both suggested that white-haired old lady Máire Geoghegan-Quinn should consider handing back her 5-figure ministerial pension which supplements her meagre stipend (also only 5 figures) from the EU Commission.

Pensioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and Cats
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn With Some Expensive Cats

The Taoiseach has pointed out that it is up to “people” whether they “feel they need” the extra money. The Taoiseach pointed out that some “people” might be what he termed “mad cat lasies” with multiple feline mouths to feed, and therefore may fell “unable” to do without their pensions.

Social Prevention Minister Eamon “Mini-Dev” Ó Cuiv has also suggested that harmless spinster Geoghegan-Quinn should show leadership by relinquishing her pension. But the Taoiseach has insisted that “people” must decide for themselves whether to continue to be a drain on public finances whilst at the same time holding down current public-finance-draining jobs.

Mr. Cowen did point out that there are many pensioners throughout Ireland hiding behind low-profile jobless and income-less status. “These are people too. They too need to show leadership. Can they put their hand on their hearts and say that their country would not be better off if they waived their right to pensions, fuel, life and other little luxuries at a time when real ordinary banks are gasping for air”.

However, Mr. Cowen said that there would be no draconian legislation forcing old age pensioners to give back their pensions “for now”.

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