The pension crisis is coming to us quickly and the government must show initiative to resolve it


The looming pension crisis is an embarrassing truth that deserves urgent attention.

This is driven by two main factors: first, people are living longer and healthier lives, and second, there will be fewer young people in the workforce to support our economy in the future.

However, several avenues can be considered.

Because people are living longer, employers may be forced to extend the normal retirement age from 65 to, say, 66 or 67.

This would allow the government to delay the state pension by the same number of years, thus ensuring that retirees do not end up with a gap between retirement and state pension payment.

The government could put in place a mechanism to encourage employers to hire and retain more seniors. In Germany, where the number of people of working age is expected to decline sharply by 2040, they are banking on training.

The innovative Initiative 50 Plus program was developed to encourage older workers to continue working for longer. In Japan, the Prime Minister legally requires companies to allow their staff to continue working until the age of 70, if they wish.

Finally, we could be more welcoming to foreign nationals and refugees, who could join the labor market and contribute to our economy.

In summary, the pension crisis can be tackled on several fronts.

We just need the government to show more initiative and leadership.

Richard coffey

Terenure, Dublin 6W

Prioritize heroic frontline staff for match tickets

I would like strongly suggest that two sections of our population be given priority for tickets to future All-Ireland Finals and other GAA games.

The first would be all of the frontline heroes of the pandemic when their respective counties participate.

Secondly, a very large part of the tickets should be reserved for young people, from 12 years old, who play or are interested in Gaelic games.

May everyone else, including me, politicians and people in general who do not play an active role in the day-to-day running of our games, be the last to line up for a ticket.

Dr Frank Davey

Laytown, County Meath

It’s time for the media to end Trump’s defamation

Your The September 22 editorial called on US President Joe Biden “to do more to unite key players on the world stage.”

As I read it, I recalled an article by Con Coughlin under the headline “Controversial US President May Go Down in History as One of the World’s Most Revolutionary Leaders” (Independent Irish, October 21, 2020).

Mr. Coughlin wrote “From confronting the emerging threat posed by the Chinese Communist leadership to laying the groundwork for a new era of cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors, he [President Trump] has succeeded in radically transforming the international landscape ”.

While listing Trump’s unsuccessful initiatives, he went on to say that his “unconventional approach has resulted in a radical overhaul of America’s relations with the rest of the world – in many cases for the better.” He also mentioned that “Mr. Trump’s most significant achievement, and in keeping with his America First mantra, has been to oversee a dramatic reduction in Washington’s involvement in conflicts abroad.”

Hopefully we come to a position where the constant defamation of Donald Trump ceases and we can once again have balance and fairness in reporting on American affairs.

Marie stewart

Town of Donegal, Co Donegal

Links between climate change and our security

Taoiseach Micheál Martin delivered a well-crafted speech to the UN Security Council on Thursday. He carefully avoided the big elephants in the Security Council Chamber, and it wasn’t just Chinese, Indian and Russian elephants. An Taoiseach said: “The impact of climate change is global and our collective security is threatened.

NATO and its allies are the largest collective security organization on Earth. A Taoiseach and the UN Security Council took the wrong side of the climate change stick.

NATO and its associated militarism are among the biggest polluters on the planet, even in peacetime. However, the United States, NATO and their allies have been waging aggressive wars for resources across the Middle East since the end of the Cold War, causing massive destruction and contributing enormously to climate change and causing millions of deaths. unjustified.

He went on to say, “Around Lake Chad, the combination of conflict and the impact of climate change has led to violence between communities. While climate change may be one of the causes of conflict there, another elephant in the room and a major cause of conflict in Africa has been and still is French neocolonial abuses, including the questionable abuse of UN and EU peacekeepers, which intervene in civil wars or anti-colonial wars rather than in a true peacekeeping. Closer to home, the US military use of Shannon Airport has contributed significantly to chaos and climate change in the Middle East.

Edouard Horgan

Castletroy, County Limerick

Biden’s submarine deal contradicts his speech at the UN

we President Joe Biden heralded a “new era of relentless diplomacy” during his address to the United Nations General Assembly this week.

How does that fit in with his recent nuclear submarine deal with Australia and the UK, which is clearly designed to militarily intimidate China?

Brendan Butler

Malahide, County Dublin

New acronym sums up France’s diplomatic feud

I appreciated The letter from Declan Foley on the row of submarines (“The reasons for France’s omission are clear to everyone”, September 22) and the acronym Unhappy if France was included in alphabetical order with Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States – AFUKUS.

Perhaps President Macron has found its own acronym – FU3.

Tom towey

Cloonacool, County Sligo

Courtney is not fair to our older taxpayers

I am getting a little fed up with Lorraine Courtney’s constant ageism in her columns, as she claims the PRSI the burden is on the youngest, the poorest and the millennials (“Government Living in Dreamland If It Thinks It Can Get Tax Out of the Covid Recession,” Commentary, September 20).

I am 54 years old, I have been working since I was 15 and for 39 years I have paid taxes and PRSI. I am still at least 12 years old before I can claim a pension, after which I will have worked 51 years. There are a lot of people in the same situation as me.

Dr. Byrne


Resting place of the rebel leaders of the 1916 Uprising

Ciara O’Loughlin informs us that the Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin is the “burial place of the rebels of 1916” (Independent Irish, September 20).

As far as I know, the rebel leaders of 1916 lie in a mass grave in Arbor Hill. It is true that other victims of the Uprising (mainly civilians) lie in Glasnevin. The only 1916 rebel leader who rests at Glasnevin is Roger Casement, who did not participate in the rebellion. His remains were transferred there from London in 1965 and were buried in the presence of his former comrade 50 years earlier, President Eamon DeValera.

Father Iggy O Donovan

Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary

Jimmy Greaves shared valuable life information

I remind a hushed remark crept in during a comment from the late Jimmy Greaves. The question of replacement was under discussion. Jimmy said, “Sometimes the hardest thing to do is do nothing.”

It was invaluable insight learned the hard way by a man who knew nothing but football from childhood and then suffered a major disappointment.

He drank too much to fill the void but then he came together to play brilliantly for 43 years.

Joe foyle

Ranelagh, Dublin 6


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