Press Release

Minister Hoctor Opens the I.R.D. Conference ‘Tackling Rural Isolation’

Máire Hoctor, Minister for Older People, today (Friday, 31st October) opened a Conference organised by I.R.D. Duhallow entitled ‘Tackling Rural Isolation’.

The Conference also saw the launch of a report commissioned by I.R.D. Duhallow and researched and written by Jack Roche, Chairman of the SAOI Network entitled ‘The Needs of Older People in Duhallow’.

Speaking at the event Minister Hoctor said“65 year olds and over, represent 17% of the population of Duhallow – a significant proportion of the population. This valuable Report gives a clear picture of the challenges and issues which are facing older people in this community. The recommendations and actions outlined in this report will serve as the foundation stone for a locally appropriate strategy to respond to the identified needs of older people in Duhallow into the future”.

At the Conference, the Minister also launched ‘the Care and Repair Programme’. The Care & Repair Programme has been established by Age Action Ireland, to carry out ‘odd-jobs’ for the older person (over 65) and provide a be-friending service. The service is currently available in Galway, parts of Dublin and now Duhallow.

Speaking at the Conference, the Minister said“Building on the recommendations of this report, I.R.D. in association with Age Action Ireland are launching ‘the Care and Repair Programme’ in Duhallow. I would like to thank Age Action Ireland for their advice and support to I.R.D. as they implement the Care & Repair Programme. This advice and support will be vital as the programme finds its feet.”

Read the Minister’s Speech