Cuts for children of lone parents as Government swells pensions of retired politicians

Announcement of €100 hike in waste collection charges

Sligo News File Online

The Government has awarded retired politicians major pension increases just days after they punished children with cuts in the lone parents allowance and announced a hike of €100 in charges for waste collection.

Minister for public expenditure, howlin, said the pension rise for retired politicians is constitutionally protected.

Ahern will receive a €2,000 increase on his pension of around
€134,000 – €2,576 per week – next year. Cowen has said he will not accept the award.