Archive for April, 2009

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ISCP Annual Parliament 2009

April 17, 2009

sylvia-meehanSpeaking today at the Annual Parliament Meeting, Senior Citizens’ Parliament President Sylvia Meehan expressed the deep shock which Older People are feeling as a result of the removal of the Christmas Bonus for all Social Welfare Recipients.

Ms Meehan said that it was the equivalent of a 2% reduction in State Pension for Old Age pension recipients. She called on Government behalf of the Older People of Ireland to reconsider the decision to withdraw this payment.

Continuing she said “Older People living in fuel inefficient houses will, she warned, be colder and poorer this year unless this decision is reversed.”

The Parliament meeting continues today and tomorrow in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Gleeson Hall, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, 17th April & Saturday 18th April 2009.

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DÍOMÁ DOMHAIN AR SEANÓIRÍ FAOI EASPA BÓNAS NA NOLLAG

Agus í ag caint inniu ag Parlaimint Chinnbhliana Seanóirí na hÉireann, léirigh Uachtarán na Parlaiminte, Sylvia Meehan, an suaitheadh domhain atá sean-mhuintear na hÉireann mar gheall ar an ghearradh siar ar bhónas na Nollag dóibh siúd atá i dteideal cabhair leasa shóisialaigh.

Dúirt Sylvia gurb ionann an ghearradh seo agus ísliú 2% ar phinsin an Stáit. Mhol sí go láidir don Rialtas ath-mhachnamh a dhéanamh ar an gcine seo.

Ag leanúint ar aghaidh, “tá cónaí ar sean-daoine i dtithe a chuireann breosla amú – beidh na daoine seo níos fuara agus níos boichte tráth Nollag na bliana seo muna thagann athrú iomlán ar an gcine seo” arsa Uachtarán na Parlaiminte.

Leanann Parlaimint Chinnbhliana Seanóirí na hÉireann inniu agus amárach (Dé Satharn) in Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Átha Cliath, Sráid Chaoimhín.

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MEDIA RELEASE

April 9, 2009

Community Support

for Older People

Scheme Suspended

At a time when attacks on Older People are increasing the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are dismayed to learn that the scheme of community support for Older People is to be suspended. Effective from yesterday the Department will not be accepting any further applications for any of the supports provided under this scheme. We understand the Department has between 50 and 60 applications at present which have yet to be honoured.

The scheme provided Older People living in their own homes with vital community supports which enabled and supported independent living. Administered through grants to local community and voluntary groups it provided individuals with social alarms, small security extras such as chain locks and window locks, outside security lighting and smoke alarms.

Older People supported by supported by willing volunteers at a small cost to the state were assisted to feel and be more safe and secure in their homes. Given the recent increase in robberies around the country from which it would appear that Older People’s homes are being targeted by ruthless gangs the suspension of this grant is all the more regrettable and will cause many Older People and their families’ unnecessary stress.

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Medical Card Protest Rally 2008

April 9, 2009

8th December

4th-attempt

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament

PROTEST RALLY HELD ON 22ND OCTOBER 2008

Click here for loads more information on the medical card crisis.

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Loss of Christmas “Bonus” Payment

April 8, 2009

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament Attacks

the Loss of Christmas Bonus Payment

Speaking following today’s Supplementary Budget, Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, expressed bitter disappointment at the axing of the Pensioners “Christmas Bonus”.


Older People have become totally dependent on this extra payment in the dead of winter to help with their fuel, heating and lighting bills.

Hypothermia is a major difficulty for Older People, causing a number of deaths each year. Whilst this payment is termed a “bonus” the fact is that Older People are reliant on this additional payment to help with these additional winter costs.


This is another unwarranted attack on Older People who are seen as an easy target.

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Be fair to older people

April 8, 2009

BE FAIR TO

OLDER PEOPLE

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament urges the Government to ensure that Older People are not further disadvantaged in Supplementary Budget April 2009. Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, stated that “Older People are still feeling the effects of Budget 2009. Many are fearful and frightened as they contemplate the changed economic circumstances both in Ireland and worldwide.”

The following table illustrates that when compared with the EU average State Pension at 60% of the average working wage, Ireland’s rate of 32.5% of the average working wage is almost half the EU average.


Country

State Pension as proportion of average working wage

Netherlands

81.9%

Spain

81.2%

Denmark

79.8%

Italy

67.9%

Sweden

62.1%

France

51.2%

Germany

39.9%

Ireland

32.5%

UK

30.8%

Source: Aon / OECD; 2007 European Pensions Barometer Report


Noting that Older People in the comparative countries have better health and social care systems she said this Budget must not further disadvantage vulnerable Older People and must treat with justice and fairness.

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