Age Action Ireland has today warned that its members will stage protests if the Government cuts back on medical cards for the over-70s.
Yesterday, the IMF's mission chief for Ireland said the cards should be means-tested.
Age Action Ireland director of advocacy and communications Eamon Timmins said that pensioners would take to the streets if these proposals are introduced.
"If that was to happen it would represent an unprecedented attack on Ireland's older people," he said.
"Certainly we as Age Action would vigorously oppose it, and I'm sure we would not be alone
"I think the scenes we saw in 2008 would be repeated and, I think, on a much greater scale."