Archive for October, 2013

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ARA Glanmire and Districts Protest March Cork Tuesday 5th November 2013

October 30, 2013

GLANMIRE ACTIVE RETIREMENT are organising this PROTEST MARCH ON 5TH NOVEMBER 2013 IN CORK CITY 

AGAINST ALL CUTS TO YOUNG AND OLD IN BUDGET 2014 

The assembly point is the Cork Opera House at 12.30pm. The March route is as follows;

Opera House Quay, Patrick Street, Grand Parade, South Mall finishing at City Hall.

Contact details;

Tom Byrne            021 4822136, 085 1145045

We urge all who are concerned about BUDGET 2014 to support this March.

Please contact the organiser DIRECT AT THE ABOVE NUMBER regarding any queries.

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Contact your TD about the Social Protection Bill

October 24, 2013

Today Thursday and tomorrow Friday the Social Welfare Bill will be discussed in the DAIL. It is important that all aspects of its contents are discussed and debated so that we all have a record of why people voted for and against the proposals.  

Because the Budget is much earlier this year there is time to discuss and debate it’s content. It’s not like a December Budget where there is an urgency to bring forward measures before a January deadline 2014. 

We have written to the chief whip and the whips of all parties and groupings asking that sufficient time be allocated for a proper debate on each of the issues to be decided.  These measures will affect the lives of Older and Younger people for a long time to come and those voting do require adequate time to consider what they are doing.  

 

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Thanks to all who supported our Protest

October 22, 2013

Thank you so much to all who supported our Protest today. You were all truly magnificent.

We need now to keep up the pressure on those who while will have to vote in these measures.

It  is important that you all continue to be active and make your voices heard.

 

    

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JOIN SENIOR CITIZENS PARLIAMENT PROTEST RALLY TOMORROW AT 1.15

October 21, 2013

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament urges all older, younger and people across the lifecycle to join us tomorrow at 1.15pm outside Dáil Éireann.  Make a special effort to be there alone or with friends and family. Together we can make things happen, apart we will stand divided. Let’s show that the poor, the sick, the old, the young, the frail and disabled can stand up and be counted.

People from all across the country tell us they are travelling in numbers. Hopefully that is true but to make sure you will need to be there too. Don’t leave it to someone else.

 Following the publication of the National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) in April 2013, older people were expecting to see in BUDGET 2014 some tangible examples of the government commitment to NPAS.  Remember NPAS is about ageing from the cradle to the grave.

 Make an effort, be there in Molesworth Street tomorrow at 1.15 and show you care.  

@seniorsparl

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PROTEST RALLY BY SENIOR CITIZENS AND ALL SUPPORTERS

October 17, 2013
IRISH SENIOR CITIZENS PARLIAMENT
PROTEST RALLY
Against Attacks on Senior Citizens in Budget 2014
 TUESDAY  22ND OCTOBER 2013 
 
 (5th Anniversary of 2008 Protest)
 
Assembling 1.00pm to 1.15pm
DÁIL ÉIREANN
MOLESWORTH STREET, DUBLIN 2
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN COLOURFUL AND IMAGINATIVE BANNERS AND PLACARDS 
THEY WERE ALL GREAT LAST TIME OUT!!
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WHERE HAS THE GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO A NATIONAL POSITIVE AGEING STRATEGY GONE

October 15, 2013

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament poses the question

Where has the Coalition’s National Positive Ageing Strategy Gone?

Speaking today in Dublin, Mairead Hayes CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament asked

“Where have the promises and the actions to underpin this government’s National Positive Ageing Strategy gone?

Remember the slogan in April 2013 at the launch.

POSITIVE AGEING- STARTS NOW

Continuing she said “We in the ISCP embraced the fact that the strategy was aimed not just at older people but at how we care for all the people across the lifecycle”. In Budget 2014 we see no evidence that the government accepts its own strategy. The people who need care and need to be enabled and assisted to care for themselves and others were on the receiving end of the toughest measures in Budget 2014.

Continuing she said “we call on government to re-examine these proposed measures”

The sick, the frail, the poor and older people who fit all of these descriptions have had prescription charges increased from €1.50 per item to €2.50 which is a 500% increase since the Minister was appointed. In May 2011 the charge was€0.50 per item and the Minister said he would abolish it. This charge applies to all those who have a medical card.

Government announced they are going to take the Over 70s medical cards from a further 35,000 older people by changes to the eligibility criteria. Last year they took cards from 30,000 older people.

The decision by the Minister for Social Protection to abolish the bereavement grant is a further major blow to older people who have saved for their burials but would have factored in this grant. Death of a loved one is very distressing and for the costs involved we ask the minister to reconsider this measure.

The abolition of the telephone allowance might seem slight in monetary terms however many of the security and monitoring devices which older people have installed  in their homes rely on landlines especially in areas where broad band coverage is poor. Replacements or changes to these systems would be costly and the supply has been affected by severe cuts to the community groups who supply them.

We urge government to reconsider their older, sicker and poorer people of all ages and to reconsider the implementation of these measures.

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RAFFLE 2013 RESULTS

October 14, 2013

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR OUR LUCKY WINNERS

1st Prize              John O’Donnell           Newry, Co. Down
2nd Prize              Joan Martin              Glenageary, Co. Dublin
3rd Prize              Martin Barnes            Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin
4th Prize              Alan Kirk                 Ardee, Co. Louth
5th Prize              Breege McGrath         Galway
6th Prize              Ann Standwich           Dublin 5
7th Prize              Gerry Whyte               Dublin 11
CONGRATULATION TO ALL THE LUCkY WINNERS & thank you again to all who bought and sold tickets.

We are extremely grateful for your support.