Submit your views on Home Care

July 13, 2017


The Department of Health has launched a public consultation process on the future of Home Care in Ireland. It is so important that your views on such an essential service are clearly heard, in order to ensure a decent, equitable and sustainable Home Care system in Ireland.

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament will be delivering a submission, but individual submissions are also vital.

Submit your feedback at this link.

Please note that there are two survey options to choose from – an Easy Read and a Standard version. 


‘Cashless’ banks & older people

June 13, 2017

13th June 2017

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament views with dismay the announcement by Bank of Ireland of significant changes to the level of service which will be available in up to 80% of their branches across the country within the next few months.

The Parliament view is that these changes will restrict the ability of many, across the lifecycle, to transact business in most of the Bank of Ireland branches. For many older people this will impose hardship and concern.  Many older people are digitally literate but for those who are not this will impose additional burdens and worry.

We know that many older people are reliant on over-the-counter transactions, and we demand that their specific needs must be recognised and accommodated.  We call on Bank of Ireland to seriously consider the implications of such changes for older and other vulnerable people in the community, who are reliant on the maintenance of existing banking services.

While technological progress is to be welcomed, it also must be acknowledged that changes must keep pace with digital literacy across generations. Into the future, a cashless society is, perhaps, inevitable, but is certainly not where we are yet.

We ask Bank of Ireland to reverse this decision until they show how they will respond and cater for those older people.

Máiréad Hayes


086 349 8848





Fancy a trip to Wexford Town in the sunny south east? Well dust down your dancing shoes, get that rhythm going and come along on Sunday 2nd April 2017 to Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford Town at 3.00pm. The band and the floor await your ‘twinkle toes’. Take that ‘necessary trip’. Young or old, you can do it. There will be ‘no judging’. Just Fun.

March 23, 2017

Wexford Tea Dance


December 22, 2016

ISCP Christmas Card 2011


Solvent firms should not be allowed to walk away

December 14, 2016



Protect Pensions and Stop Solvent Firms walking away from their responsibilities

Tomorrow Seanad Éireann under the Social Welfare Bill 2016  will debate an amendment to the Pensions Act 1990 by inserting a new section 48A.

If passed this new section will ensure that

“ A solvent firm shall not be allowed to close a defined benefit pension scheme except where the scheme has reached a minimum 90 per cent funding standard.”.”.

Not a lot to ask, many of you might say, but let us see whether our Senators step up to the mark and do it.

We are urging all Senators to support this amendment and show they care for all of us. The manner in which members of schemes in solvent companies are being treated is a matter of serious concern. It must stop and now is the time to do it.

A pension to a worker is a promise to pay that which they and their employer contributed to during their working lives. It was taken account in pay negotiations. Surely you will agree it is not fair to seek to take it twice. The present situation where pensioners and deferred pensioners have no “Right Of Audience” for redress is a travesty. The only option for people to seek redress is through costly litigation to the courts which individuals and many of their representative bodies cannot afford.

We need change and if passed this amendment will be a first step to highlight the inequities where people who have contributed and paid into such schemes over many years are short changed and left in dire straits.

We need reform of the total pension system both Social Welfare and Occupational Pensions to ensure that pension rights are protected and that the position of women is included in such reform.

It is up to all Senators to vote to start that reform tomorrow.



Contact Mairead Hayes 086 349 8848 


14th October 2016


November 9, 2016



Pensioners have waited long enough

October 7, 2016

Pensions increase must be paid from January 2017

Reports from media sources today bring us the good news that the amount of money available to Government for BUDGET 2017 has increased by at least €200 million bringing total available spend to at least €1.2billion. At the same time media sources also report that the payment of the “promised” €5 to pensioners maybe deferred.

Any deferral of the payment beyond January 1st would be a retrograde step. For older people the months after Christmas are very bleak and lonely. There is a flat feeling after  Christmas with very little to look forward to, except additional heating bills and confinement to home base due to inclement weather and shortage of money.

Seniors Ireland recognise that “leaks” and “wish lists” are part of the normal jostling and lobbying, within the same party, between coalition partners and also the parties who support the government. However if the question of a deferral of this payment to older people is being used in this way then we say it is cynical and should stop now. It is causing anxiety to older people that money promised to them in Party Manifestos will not be granted and paid with effect from 1st January 2016.

Mairead Hayes CEO today called for  Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar T.D. to publicly address this matter and to stand up for and support pensioners   to ensure that they receive the payment with effect from 1st January 2017”.


Contact Mairead Hayes 086 349 8848 

7th October 2016