Press Release

Minister calls on the tremendous voluntary and community spirit that exists in our society . . .

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr. Ivor Callely TD, has called on the tremendous voluntary and community spirit that exists in our society to come forward in support of Positive Ageing Week.

“The Special Olympics World Games is a perfect example of the tremendous voluntary and community spirit that exists in our society. I call on this sense of spirit to once again come out in support of another very special and important group in our society, Older People. Ireland is a small country, which has achieved success beyond measure and certainly beyond the expected capacity of a nation this size. We owe this success to the efforts and hard work of previous generations who have built our economy to the healthy level we enjoy today.”

The Minister was once again promoting Positive Ageing Week, which takes place during 28 September to 4 October including UN International Day on Ageing on 1 October. This week will see older peoples organisations throughout Ireland holding events and activities in their communities to mark, celebrate and promote their own positive attitude to ageing and will highlight issues of importance to our older population.

“As Minister for Services for Older People, I believe that this week provides us with a terrific opportunity to highlight the very positive and extraordinary contribution that older people have made, and continue to make, in our society and I encourage everyone to get involved in their communities around the country.”

The Minister also noted that since coming into office this Government has allocated considerable additional resources to services for older people.

“Significant progress and an unprecedented level of investment has been made and this Government is committed to the continued development of such services. We have made a good beginning and I acknowledge that much remains to be done to develop a comprehensive range of supports for older people.”