Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mandatory Pensions

Social Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan is refusing to rule out the introduction of mandatory pensions in Ireland. A Green paper on pensions is due to be published next month (though at this stage of the election build up any thing not due to be published next month may not make it).

Mandatory pensions may be a good idea. It probably wont effect me much since I already pay into a private pension, but it makes me wonder, why do the middle classes in Ireland pay tax?

Private pensions, private health insurance, private transport, private schools, public-private partnerships on construction projects. Apart from the civil service, police and the army does the government provide anything these days?

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