Press Release

Minister Hoctor Speaks at ‘Age Demands Action’ Seminar, Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross

The Minister for Older People Ms. Máire Hoctor, today (1st October 2008), welcomed the UN International Day of Older Persons and Positive Ageing Week which takes place until 4th October.

Speaking today at a Seminar entitled ‘Age Demands Action’ organised by Age Action and HelpAge International to mark the International Day of Older People, the Minister stated that‘There are at present approximately half a million people aged 65 or over in Ireland, and the number is rising. We need to celebrate the fact that we are living longer, healthier lives and it is important that these lives should have purpose and meaning. The Government is fully committed to cherishing and supporting its older population who have made such an enormous and meaningful contribution to many walks of Irish life’.

This Seminar, ‘Age Demands Action’, is part of an international day of action by older people, with 32 countries participating. They will be meeting with their Governments to call for recognition of the vital role of older people in society.   Minister Hoctor also said that‘I would like to reassure you of this Government’s commitment to our older people who have contributed so much to this society. I look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in the future to ensure that Ireland remains an equitable and fulfilling country to live in as we age with dignity and purpose’.

UN International Day of Older Persons is a day which recognises the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. The theme for 2008 is “Rights of Older Persons”.

Read the Minister’s Speech Here