Press Release

Minister Callely opens the Annual Delegate Conference of the National Federation of Pensioners´ Associations

Mr Ivor Callely, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, with special responsibility for Services for Older People, today (29 April 2004) offered his congratulations to the National Federation of Pensioners´ Associations on the occasion of its 19th Annual Delegate Conference, at Wynne´s Hotel.

“Since my appointment as Minister of State with responsibility for Services for Older People I have viewed that responsibility in the broadest possible sense, beyond matters relating specifically to health, in that the services provided and work done by many agencies and Government Departments impact on the lives of older people in a host of different ways” stated the Minister.

He also stated that he uses a listening and learning approach in his role and is keenly aware of particular issues that impact on the lives of older people and that he is always pleased to meet with organisations such as the Federation.

He indicated that he is also open to the idea of a confederation of older people’s representative groups to liaise with his Department.

Minister Callely added “My priority as Minister for Services for Older People is to ensure that the issues facing older people are addressed with a view to providing improved services befitting the older population, whose contribution to society is fully acknowledged. In that context, I set up and now chair an inter-departmental group on the needs for older people, which provides the opportunity for a positive influence to be brought on all of the various services provided to older people”.