Speaking at the event, the Taoiseach defended the plan to retain the pension age at 66 and allow people to choose to work to 70.

He said others are deliberately trying to misinform and mislead on the plan but everyone can draw down their full pension at 66 with options being given to people to defer that.

Mr Martin said there will have to be some increases in PRSI and that it is important to have sustainability in pensions into the future.

He did not accept that only younger people will have to pay more PRSI, saying everyone will have to pay more as society is evolving, people are living longer and the world is changing.

Source: RTÉ