Press Release

Minister Callely addresses the Conference “Planning for an Ageing Population: Strategic Considerations”

Mr Ivor Callely TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, with special responsibility for Services for Older People, today, (15 June 2004) offered his congratulations to everyone involved in the preparation of the Conference “Planning for an Ageing Population: Strategic Considerations”, at the Burlington Hotel.

At the conference the Minister accepted the publication of the National Council on Ageing and Older People´s latest report Population Ageing in Ireland: projections 2002-2021. He welcomed the fact that this report will undoubtedly generate and raise awareness of the need to plan for the delivery of services to older people in the future.

The Minister stated “Policy makers need only look at the full picture and consider the savings achieved by declines in disability rates”. He accepted, however, that even with successful healthy ageing programmes, there will always be a need for long-term care and the future provision of such care also requires extensive planning.

The Minister welcomed the opportunities afforded by events such as today´s to give people a chance to look at the strategic issues involved and to offer their contribution to the development of policy which will take us forward.