For all the improvements that the Total Contributions Approach promises, there is still the first step threshold of 520 paid contributions over a working life to be reached. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

My wife hopes to transfer to a contributory State pension under the review of current pensions as part of the move to the new method of calculating St(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty has promised that no one would be left worse off under the new pension arrangements. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

I am 66 years old next year. I started working in Ireland in September 2006. By the end of this year, I will have approximately 530 PRSI class A paym(...)

Joan McLoughlin, Pensioners for Equality (centre) with Maureen Fahy, Irish Country Women’s Association and Justin Moran of Age Action at a press conference on the 2012 pension cuts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My understanding of the pension reforms announced by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty in the Dáil on Tuesday was that they restored the p(...)

My understanding is that anyone retiring between now and 2020 will have the choice of using the existing system or the new total contributions system – whichever is more beneficial to them financially. Photograph: Getty Images

I’m due to get my contributory State pension from June this year. Is the “pension reform” announced last week essentially a “fix” for women with reduc(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: new system comes into place on March 30th.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has announced significant reform of the State contributory pension. But what does it all mean, and will (...)