A site tax could also be used to encourage owners of underutilised or underdeveloped land to build out their sites to increase the supply of housing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Commission on Taxation and Welfare – the government body set up to examine how public services are to be funded into the future – is to consider t(...)

Also adding to the problem is a need to ‘urgently addres’ the inadequacy of retirement incomes for women, which lag those of men

The €5 hike in the State pension in last week’s budget, along with delays in increasing retirement age and introducing automatic enrolment into saving(...)

The Pensions Commission report urges the Government to finally phase out yearly averaging so that we do not have two systems in operation and because it is more inequitable

My husband and I have both worked in the United States for at least 10 years (in his case) and 20 in mine. We have relocated back to Ireland and will (...)

A mere fiver boost to the pension every year will not transform the Government’s credibility with younger voters.

Publishing the landmark report of the Pensions Commission late on a day when the entire focus of the Government and the news headlines was on the fina(...)

 Moves to ban forcing people to retire before the State pension age will be welcomed by unions, but resisted by employers. Photograph: Tom Honan

The guts of 100 years ago, minister for finance Ernest Blythe endured the wrath of the electorate when he cut a shilling from the old-age pension. For(...)

Josephine Feehily: ‘The entire report is based on the principles of social solidarity’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pensions Commission chairwoman Josephine Feehily has said that the fact that Irish people are living longer and healthier lives should not be viewed a(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys says the commission ‘has unambiguously established that the current State pension system is not sustainable into the future’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Employers will not be allowed to force people to retire before the State pension age under recommendations in the report of the Pensions Commission. (...)

The biggest question you  have to ask yourself is have you saved enough, says Danny Mansergh, head of benefits and career with Mercer Ireland. Photograph: iStock

The debate in relation to the State pension age was re-energised in recent weeks when it was revealed that the Pensions Commission would recommend a g(...)

SIPTU’s STOP67 campaign to reverse the pension age increase to age 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028, pictured in January were pensioners Christy Waters from Clondalkin and Pat Daly from Galway. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is clearly growing concern in official circles around political stagnation over pension reform. On Thursday, the Department of Finance publish(...)

Competing promises on the State pension regime was a key feature of last year’s general election campaign. Photograph: iStock

The former pensions ombudsman has expressed concern that pensions have become a “political football” rather than the subject of a “rational and reason(...)

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