Press Release

The launch of the 7th National Phone-in on Age Discrimination during the “Positive Ageing Week” Conference at Dublin Castle

Minister Ivor Callely, Minister for Services for Older People, welcomed the opportunity to launch Age Action Ireland’s Anti-Discrimination National Phone-In, which offers older people an opportunity to talk to Age Action volunteers and staff about discrimination they face in daily life.

The Minister praised the progress that has been made in recent years in relation to the promotion of equality in Irish society through legislative changes and other initiatives.

He said that the Equal Status Act, 2000 gives protection against discrimination in non-workplace areas and, thus, complements the Employment Equality Act (1998).   He went on to talk about the Equality Authority’s report entitled ‘Implementing Equality for Older People’ which he said “examines the issue of ageism and puts forward recommendations for change which are based on a number of key principles including the need to have due regard to difference for older people in their particular situation, experience and identity”.

The Minister concluded by encouraging older people who want to say something about their lives to ring Free Phone 1800 317 417 on Friday 1st October and during the rest of the month.