Archive for February, 2016


Senior Citizens – Your Vote is Your Voice

February 25, 2016

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are urging all senior citizens to got out and vote on Friday 26th February. It is important that the strong record of voting, which older people have held in this country for many years, is maintained in this election and that senior citizens have a strong voice in the future shape of the next government.

In urging all senior citizens to go out and vote, we are not in any way attempting to tell you who to vote for, but rather asking that you to DO VOTE.

Your vote maybe critical in your constituency and if you do not vote you will have passed up on your opportunity to influence the shape of the next government.

What we want for senior citizens is a government who will introduce policies that will make Ireland the best little country to grow old in. We recognise that older people are not all the same and so there are varying ASKS among our members. We know because you told us that income and access are the two most important issues. Access covers a broad range of services including health and services to name but two. What older people say they want is certainty and so in voting look to see where there is some element of incremental change.

Look at the issues which are important to you and in considering your choice examine carefully the Manifestos which have been issued by parties and those independents who do not belong to any party.

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is committed to wanting the implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy, which is a blueprint for an Ireland which would be the best little country to grow old in. That is why we joined with other groups in the Earn Our Vote campaign around three agreed policies.

Friday 26th is your opportunity to influence the position of older people over the next five years. Before you vote we ask you to consider and examine the pledges and promises made by the parties and independent candidates in relation to the issues that are important to you and your family.



Tuesday 15th March 10.30 – 12.00

February 24, 2016

If you are interested in this event, please contact DCU.



Leaders Debate tonight #GE 2016

February 11, 2016

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament encourages all Senior Citizens to engage with all General Election Candidates to pledge their support to make Ireland the best little country to grow old in.

We want to hear it from the LEADERS and all their candidates.
Listen and see if they measure up on the issues of concern to you.

Follow us on Twitter @seniors parl.

We support the #EarnOurVote campaign and their three campaign asks.


New Opportunities in DCU 2016

February 1, 2016

New Opportunities for Study in DCU

In February it will be possible to undertake a single credit bearing module from a selection of the programmes on offer in DCU. This presents an opportunity for those considering a course of study to experience university without the committing to a longer four year programme.

Learning Opportunities in 2016

These modules will be undergraduate modules with no entry requirements. Each module is worth 5 credits and can be completed in a single semester

(February – May).


Participants may choose to register for these modules on a full participation or on an audit basis.

Full participants will undertake all associated assessment which may consist of some or all examinations, projects, essays and class presentations. Successful completion will earn academic credits and performance will be formally recorded by the University. Such academic credits may contribute to completion of a formal academic award by the University.

All participants will attend all lectures (and seminars/tutorials where these are scheduled) and will have access to all learning materials for the module including library and online resources. Full participants will have unrestricted access to the on-campus study supports.

Participants taking the modules on an AUDIT BASIS will not have unrestricted access to the on-campus study supports provided to full-time students and will not undertake formal assessment in the modules but will be invited to complete a reflection on the learning gained on their completion of the modules and gain a certificate of participation.

Scheduling of classes

Most modules involve two hours lectures per week and an associated tutorial for 12 weeks of semester/term.

Spring Semester 2016: February to April/May 2016

Classes: Monday February 1st 2016 to Saturday 23 April 2016

Examinations: Monday 9 May 2016 to Saturday 21 May 2016

Autumn Semester 2016: September to December/January (dates to confirmed)


Full participants €500 per module

Audit only participants €250 per module

A selection of modules on offer in 2016 (subject to capacity and accommodation, include):

  • Business and Professional Ethics • Ethics of Journalism
  • Introduction to Marketing • Citizenship, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Introduction to Law • Introduction to Microbiology and Genetics
  • Introduction to Modern Ireland • Sociology of Sport 1
  • The American Political System • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Comparative European Politics • Critical Thinking and Health
  • Introduction to Development • Growing Older
  • Introduction to Intercultural Studies • Marginalisation and Health
  • Language Culture and International Communication • Spirituality, Religion and Health
  • Cultural Studies • Sexuality and Society
  • Psychology, Media and Creativity • Culture, Health and Illness

Intergenerational Learning Programme

In addition to these courses the Intergenerational Learning Programme will also continue to offer a range of courses from February.  Please check their website for details or call Carmel Conroy 01 700 7428.



DCU in the Community 

Finally fDCU in the Community will be offering the following courses:

  1. Bridge to Education – 12 week programme aimed at mature learners to prepare them for university.
  2. A range of courses over the Summer (June and July) check for details.
  3. Digital Media iMac for those interested in developing their digital media skills.

DCU in the Communitycan be contacted at 01 700 8800 or

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact

Christine O’Kelly

Age Friendly Project Coordinator
*01-700 8933*
*Bea Orpen Building*

*Office of the Vice President for External and Strategic Affairs*