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O’Dea will ‘push like hell’ to abolish mandatory retirement age

first_imgWhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Dragons Breast Cancer Survivor support groupNext articleSearch on for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Willie O’Dea TDA UNIVERSAL pension payment should replace the State Pension and the mandatory retirement age should be abolished.That’s according to Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection that has recommended a major reform of how the State pension operates.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, who sits on the committee with six other TDs and four senators from across all parties, held meetings earlier this year with Age Action Ireland, with the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Congress and Active Retirement Ireland.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Deputy O’Dea said that he is “going to push like hell” to have the mandatory retirement age abolished as it is gone in other countries “so bureaucratic inertia must be the only reason the bills have not passed through”.“No employee should be contractually obliged to retire based on age if they are willing and able to remain at work.It was recommended that the disparity between the retirement age and the pension age needs to be addressed and that the gender disparity that exists in pension income is also addressed as a matter of urgency.”The committee found that the current averaging system is inequitable and a new type of contribution system should be devised.“I am told by the Minister that €250m extra is going to be needed just to accommodate those who have reached retirement within the last 12 months and that is before there is any increase in the budget”, Deputy O’Dea said.Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, is considering the introduction of a Total Contribution System to replace the averaging system, the committee noted.A universal pension payment to replace the State Pension (Contributory and Non-Contributory) was also amongst the recommendations put forward.Deputy O’Dea also highlighted that the discrimination against women had to be immediately addressed.“In 2012, changes were made to increase the number of bands and a doubling of the minimum number of required contributions was also introduced.This should be suspended immediately as they are negatively impacting and discriminating against women”.The committee went on to say that pension recipients deserve to have a feeling of stability and security about their incomes.“As people benefit from greater longevity, the ratio between those of working age continues to alter, from five to one in the 2011 census and projected to fall to half that by 2050.“This creates pressure on the existing pension system. There are also current consequences of historic inequity, such as the impact of the marriage bar on the contribution records of affected women”, the committee said.See more news here Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Twitter Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img NewsO’Dea will ‘push like hell’ to abolish mandatory retirement ageBy Staff Reporter – July 19, 2017 1380 Facebook Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSJoint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protectionlimerickmandatory retirement ageState PensionWillie O’Dea TD WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedinlast_img read more

Virgin Wines Introduces New Wine Club Featuring Rolling Stones, Prince, KISS-Branded Bottles

first_imgSir Richard Branson‘s Virgin empire has expanded into a plethora of different lifestyle industries and entrepreneurial ventures over the years. The global organization’s latest venture hopes to connect winos and music fans with a new subscription-based club branded under their “Virgin Wines” division. The new initiative sees the Virgin brand partnering up with Direct Wines, one of the industry leaders in direct-to-consumer wine partnerships to allow fans to receive the products without leaving the comfort of home.Virgin Wines membership club features an impressive selection of both reds and whites, with bottle designs inspired by some of rock and roll’s most recognizable names, including a trio of “Gods of Rock Reds” with the Rolling Stones (50th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon), The Police (red blend), and KISS (Malbec). For just $79.99 (no shipping fees!) fans can start their membership with the “Greatest Hits” collection, which includes the three above mentioned artist-branded wines, as well as nine more bottles to keep folks warm in these chilly winter months. It’s worth noting that the price of a new wine shipment every three months goes up to $149.99 (plus $19.99 shipping & tax) after the introductory member offer of $79.99.Of course, it wouldn’t be a real rock and roll wine club without some tunes, which the club provides just as conveniently as their adult beverages. The Virgin Wines club even provides both members and non-members with customized Spotify playlists based on each unique bottle of wine. The different playlists can be referenced here.Other band-branded wines featured in the collection include Metallica (La Roccaccia Verdicchio di Matelica) and Prince (Prince de Courthezon Cotes du Rhone Blanc). Different rock eras and genres are also referenced by some of the customized bottles, including 90s grunge/alt rock (Black Crown Cabernet Sauvignon), the Rat Pack (Affogato Red Blend), 80s new wave (Lobo e Falcão White Blend), and jazz (Bees Knees Chenin Viognier).Fans an interested wine connoisseur can head over to virginwines.com to learn more about joining this wonderfully scented and tannin-friendly club.[H/T Broadway World]last_img read more

Schimmerling Injury Law holds hand sanitizer giveaway

first_imgSchimmerling told 12 News he purchased several thousand bottles of hand sanitizer in preparation for the Southern Tier’s reopening, and gave them out at locations in Owego, Endicott and Binghamton “Safety has always been very important to me and this community has been really good to me,” Schimmerling said. “We’ve always been successful here and this is my way of giving something back to the community.” Schimmerling tells 12 News that he will continue to hold giveaways until all of the hand sanitizer is gone.center_img OWEGO (WBNG) — Tom Schimmerling of Schimmerling Injury Law spent Sunday traveling around the Southern Tier handing out free bottles of hand sanitizer. last_img read more

Boat bursts into flames, 2 injured

first_imgTwo people had to abandon ship after their boat burst into flames at John’s Pass, off Treasure Island and Madeira Beach on Friday.Officials say the boat caught fire when the two people aboard refueling to the ship.The boat began burning in the middle of the water and then sunk, prompting the passengers to jump into the water.The pair suffered minor burns and reportedly took themselves to the hospital after the incident.The cause of the explosion and fire are now under investigation.last_img