Airport Pensioners Bring Protest To Dáil

Former aviation workers at Dublin Airport, who had their pension entitlements slashed, mounted a protest outside Leinster House last week, in an effort to secure E50 million, as compensation.

Around 50 former Aer Lingus and DAA staff, who took early retirement took part in the protest. Pensioners drawing incomes from the Irish Airline Staff Superannuation (IASS) retirement plan, had their benefits cut at the end of last year, as part of a deal to tackle the scheme’s shortfall of more than E700 million. A spokesperson for the group said tat around E40 million to E50 million was needed in a top-up to offset the cuts.

Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe said that, while he understood the disappointment and upset felt by the deferred pensioners, he was unable to intervene, for fear of causing even greater risk to them and everyone else who are dependent on the pension fund.”