Archive for February, 2010


Introduction to Computers in DCU

February 26, 2010

DCU’s Intergenerational Learning Project aims to bring together third level students and older learners in a third level learning environment so as to exchange knowledge and learn from each other. As part of this project, DCU are organising an “Introduction to Computers” module.

This module is for beginners, or a little more advanced learners or indeed very advanced learners.

The DCU students meet with and facilitate older learners (ie older people aged sixty plus) to learn the information technology skills such as how to use the internet, how to use e-mail. The more advanced learners come to understand how to use digital photography. We also have a tea/coffee break for twenty minutes between these sessions so that the older learners can meet with and chat with the DCU students. The sessions are great fun and are very enjoyable.

The sessions will run from 6th March until the 24th April 2010.

There are places available for 30 people who are interested in attending this fun and interesting session. We meet on Saturday morning in DCU in the School of Education Studies between 10.00am and 1.00pm. We can arrange to meet our new older learners at the front entrance of the HELIX at about 9.50am and show them to the rooms where we teach and learn together. The cost for the six Saturdays is 60 euro for the full course. This however can be reduced depending on the individual circumstances of each older learner.

If you are interested please contact Trudy Corrigan at 7007865 or email
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Annual Parliament 2010

February 25, 2010


Annual Parliament Meeting (APM) 2010

in the Liberty Hall Theatre & Conference Centre

from 2.00pm on Friday 26 March

to 1.00pm Saturday 27 March 2010

The Annual Parliament provides the Parliament’s 400 affiliated member organisations with an opportunity to promote the views of older people, to set policy for the Parliament and to elect officers for the coming year.


Reply from ISCP to article about Gay Byrne in Irish Times

February 17, 2010

This letter is a reply to the original article which appeared in the Irish Times on Saturday 13 February 2010.


Madam – Saturday’s Irish Times article on Gay Byrne provided some remarkable insights – not only into the mind of the great broadcaster, but also into how many of Ireland’s Older People feel they are treated. Gay’s comment on the “constant, low-level anxiety” felt by people of his generation is certainly echoed by many of the members of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.

2009 brought Older People – and everyone else – the continuing banking & credit crisis, the introduction of NAMA, the continuation of the over-70s Medical card debacle, further threats to pensions and other entitlements and the introduction of prescription charges & income levies.

The article states that Gay has “borne witness to decades of mismanagement” but in 2010 older people can look forward to among other things a Carbon Tax, metered water charges and a decrease in Older People’s waivers for waste charges together with VAT on Local Authority Charges to name but a few items. Where will it stop we ask.

However it was his lament on lack of consultation – “Had. I. Been. Asked.” – that indicated the single greatest challenge for Older People in today’s Ireland. Older People have valuable contributions to make to society – the ISCP works to enable these contributions to be heard and implemented. For example next month’s Annual Parliament Meeting will be an opportunity for Older People to speak on issues that concern them – ranging from the impact of the withdrawal of the  Medical Card for over-70s to Elder Abuse to the need for the Community Support Scheme to enable people to feel secure in their homes.

But who will listen?

All is not lost, however. As part of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, the Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady TD is beginning a series of meetings around the country to hear the views of older people on issues that affect them. This is a most welcome development and is fully supported by the ISCP. We look forward to the action which we hope will follow the consultation.

The lives lived by Older People should be treasured and value should be given to their ongoing contributions to society in so many different ways. They should not be treated as economic units, but rather as valued citizens with a great deal to offer and valuable suggestions to enable all of us together to make Ireland the best place in which to grow old.

Yours sincerely

Máiréad Hayes


Irish Senior Citizens Parliament