Archive for September, 2009


Sylvia Meehan – People of the year

September 15, 2009

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament is thrilled and delighted that its President, Sylvia Meehan, has been presented with a prestigious “People of the Year” award. Sylvia was presented with the award by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland for giving a voice to those who might otherwise be forgotten and for her skill and tenacity in asserting the rights of older people.

People of the Year Awards 2009

“The Parliament’s President is a vociferous campaigner for older people and has been a champion of equal rights in Ireland for decades”, said Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Parliament, the country’s largest representative organisation of older people. “Sylvia has never stopped campaigning and came to the fore yet again last year when she led our campaign against the abolition of the universal entitlement to the medical card for over 70s”, she concluded.

“Older people have become more confident and I am thrilled that this confidence is expressing itself” said Sylvia at the time of the protest, which culminated with 20,000 older people gathering at Leinster House.

Sylvia has contributed to the National Oversight Committee and served on the board of the Council for Aging & Older People and has served as the Irish representative on the executive of AGE – the European Older Peoples Platform as well as the Government’s Task Force on Active Citizenship.

Sylvia will chair the ISCP’s meeting on “Communicating Europe” on Friday 18 September in EU House on Dawson Street in Dublin.


Communicating Europe Meetings

September 6, 2009

 September 2009

 The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are holding a series of meetings (details below) on Communicating Europe

Three of the meetings  are being hosted by our Divisions in Dunlaoighaire, Finglas  and Galway. They are intended to provide an opportunity for Older People to receive in plain language;

A factual presentation on the workings of Europe and its Institutions

  1. A presentation on the changes which would result from the Lisbon Treaty
  2. A forum which will allow both Pro and Anti Lisbon Treaty sides in the Referendum debate an opportunity to present their positions.

Our intention is that Older People will be enabled to learn more about Europe and raise  questions on issues and areas of concern to them.

Date Time Venue Speakers
9 September 7.30– 9.30pm JohnstownParish Pastoral Centre,Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish,ChurchviewRoad,Killiney,

Co. Dublin

Andrea Pappin, European MovementMary Hanafin TD Minister for Social and Family AffairsProinsias de Rossa MEPMary Lou McDonald former MEP

Tony Allright

18 September 11.30am –1.15 pm EPIC Centre43, Molesworth Street,Dublin 2 Andrea Pappin, European MovementGay Mitchell MEPPatricia McKenna  former MEP
23 September 2.00–4.00 pm WFTA Hall,Mellowes RoadWest Finglas European Movement Ireland representativeProinsias de Rossa MEPJoe Higgins MEP
24 September 2.00 –4.00 pm Salthill Hotel,Galway European Movement Ireland representativeMarian Harkin MEPCllr. Catherine Connolly

For further details please contact 01 8561243 or email