Public meetings on elder abuse & elections

May 13, 2009

In the run-up to the European & Local elections, the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is organising a series of meetings around the country.

The meetings’ topics will centre around three main themes all of which are of paramount importance to Older People:

  • Elder Abuse
  • Communicating Europe & the European Elections
  • Local Elections

ISCP meeting

The meetings will be in the following locations:

  • North West Constituency: There are two meetings, one inthe Salthill Hotel, Galway on 13th May 2009 at 1.30pm. The other is in the Plougastel Court Centre, Westport on 14thMay 2009  at 11.30am.
  • South Constituency: There are three meetings, one in the Best Western Pery’s Hotel, Limerick on 19th May 2009. There were 2 others in Cork on May 11.
  • East Constituency: Meeting in Dundalk on 20th May 2009 in the Carroll Mead Hall at 2.00pm.
  • Dublin Constituency: There are two meetings in Dublin on 21st May 2009, a morning meeting at 11.30am and an afternoon meeting at 2.oopm. Both will be in the European Parliament Office, Molesworth Street

Older peoples concernsWe will produce an Election Manifesto which will be sent to all candidates and Political Parties outlining the needs of Older People.

It is important at this critical time for Older People that we have a large turnout and, therefore, we ask that you would encourage your friends to come along.

Please notify dorlores@seniors.ie regarding the EU meeting/s you would like to attend.

Local Elections

At each meeting time will be allocated for Local Election candidates standing in Galway City, Westport, Dundalk and Limerick City Electoral Areas.

Cork Elder Abuse workshop

There were 20 members of the division present at the Cork workshop. What was interesting to note about this meeting was that for many of the Older People present they were unfamiliar with the term elder abuse and were very interested in the idea. The discussion included a run through of what was considered Elder Abuse and members of the group felt very enthused that this was an issue they wanted to create awareness on, as a result they made a note to include a section in their newsletter on this topic.

An information pack was distributed to the group by the senior case social worker present. This information included the contact information for the Elder Abuse social workers in the area along with information on how to spot the signs of Elder Abuse.


  1. I pledge my support for your site. My wish is that society is educated on elder abuse. Financial exploitation is one of the most common forms of elder abuse in asian countries.

  2. I am from Sri Lanka and the President of the Peoples Bank Pensioners Association with a membership of 4500 pensioners and widows.I am pleased to note the current devolopments taking place in your part of the world and keenly watching events.We need to emulate some of your activities as pioneering steps required for the world to understand the importance of elders.

  3. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  4. I have a special place in my heart for vulnerable people. I have fought for disability rights and services and for older people. In the European Parliament I created and chair the first ever European Parliament Interest Group on Carers and Caring. I have submitted amendments to a resolution on elder abuse in the European Parliament. I was one of the creators of the Verona Charter which puts in place guidelines for the rescue of people with disabilities and the elderly during emergencies. If re-elected I hope to continue this work in the best interests of older citizens.

  5. Dear Senior Citizens’ Parliament members,

    I am standing as a Fine Gael candidate in the Ireland East constituency and promise, if elected to the European Parliament, to ensure that the voices of senior members of the European Community are heard loud and clear at the decision-making table and those men and women who have built our great country over the years are rewarded and not penalised or marginalised in their later years.

    It is disgraceful that the Senior Citizens’ Parliament should be forced to ask those who contributed most to this great country of ours over several decades to attend a silent protest outside the Dail this week in protest over more cuts which impact directly on the quality of life of so many.

    The most recent budget cuts were heartless and nonsensical and instead of hauling in the bankers and the builders who contributed most to the mess we are in, the Government chose to penalise pensioners, families with children with special needs, taxpayers and so many more.

    I cannot and I will not support a government which targets the vulnerable members of our society for the mistakes of banking and building sectors. The banking sector must carry the can long into the future, not children, elderly or tax payers.

    The removal of the Christmas Bonus for all Social Welfare recipients is equivalent to a 2% reduction in State Pension for Old Age pension recipients and it was the last straw. I pledge my support for your organisation and I wish you well with your endeavours into the future.


    Senator John Paul Phelan

  6. I am standing as an Independent candidate in Galway West (Knocknacarra and surrounding) for Galway City Council. I am appalled at the treatment of older people in the recent Budgets and at the total lack of respect from the Government for the very people who worked hard to create the modern Ireland. At local level I will campaign for improved services and security as well as use my position to speak out on issues that affect older people. I am one of the older candidates in the field and I can relate to the needs of people who have been abandoned by this Government.
    Aidan McCabe, Independent Candidate, Galway City West

  7. If elected to the European Parliament ,I will use my influence as an MEP to respond to the needs of the elderly in our community thro8gh active dialogue with the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.
    I acknowledge the anger relating to the withdrawl of the Christmas bonus and although it is a matter for the National Government rather than a European issue,I am confident that if the anti fraud measures currently underway by the Department of Social & Family Affairs reach theur targets,then some part of the traditional bonus could be paid. I will certainly press the Minister and the Government on this important issue for our elderly citizens.God Bless

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