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The Late Jim Quinn

April 5, 2015

It is with deep sorrow we announce  the peaceful death of Jim Quinn who was a founder member of the Irish Senior Citizens  Parliament.  Jim served as Chair of the Standing OrdersCommittee for many years and was a loyal and staunch champion of all older people.

Reposing at his home Sunday from 3pm. Removal on Moday for Service in Glasnevin Crematorium  at 1pm.

 

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ENSURE YOU ARE INCLUDED READ NTA REPORT ON EXPRESSWAY ROUTE 4

March 19, 2015

The National Transport Authority has today published its review of the proposed withdrawal of the Expressway Route 4 Service. We are urging all those who are or maybe affected to access the report and to make sure they have an input to the proposals. Remember lack of access to transport leads to social exclusion and isolation.

The proposal mainly affects counties Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

The review appears to be extensive but the people who can best judge the proposed solutions are those who live in the affected areas. If you are one of those people please take the time to read the report. In particular if your time is short please look at the proposed action items and timetables and see how they will  affect you, your family or group.

Now is the time to have your say.

The action items/proposals arising from the NTA review are the following

  1. Bus Éireann to commence amended  Expressway Route 4 service
  2. Bus Éireann to put in place the reconfigured 132 service
  3. NTA to procure the new rural transport services
  4. NTA to put in place the connecting rural transport services

We urge all local media in the affected areas to highlight the matter and to examine the impact of the NTA proposals for all local residents.

 

 

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Inaugural Age-Friendly Universities Conference-Engaging Ageing-November2nd/3rd 2015

March 18, 2015

DCU Announces Inaugural Age-Friendly Universities Conference – Engaging Ageing – November 2nd/3rd 2015

for more information contact: www.dcu.ie/agefriendly/engaging.shtml

In collaboration with our international partners, Arizona State University and Strathclyde University DCU are hosting the first international age friendly universities conference on November 2nd and 3rd arising from a wish to promote and develop the concept of the Age Friendly University particularly in the following areas:

Resarch and innovation;

Education and outreach;

Learner and community involvement;

Work and Enterprise.

DCU invite proposals for papers to be presented during this conference.  These papers should be linked with the major themes of the conference however proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered.  They will also consider proposals for, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters/exhibits.

Proposals from academics, policy makers, non-governmental organisations and civic society are most welcomed. An abstract of maximum 200 words should reach Prof. Mark Mogan not later than May 11th and should indicate the name of and affiliation of the proposer as well as an overview of the content.  Abstracts will be sent for review by a panel of referees and the decision will be conveyed to the proposer by mid-July. A fuller version of the accepted papers will be expected one month before the conference.  Consideration will be given to publication of the conference proceedings including accepted papers .

for more information contact: www.dcu.ie/agefriendly/engaging.shtml

Acadmic Director:

Mark Morgan

Cregan Prof.  Education and Psychology

Room DG16, Bea Orpen Building

Dublin City University

mark.morgan@spd.dcu.ie

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DONT CUT SERVICES WHICH WILL ADD TO SOCIAL EXCLUSION

February 23, 2015

LACK of ACCESS a critical issue for older and disadvantaged people in Rural Ireland

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament noting the reports that plans are already in train to cut Bus Éireann services to many rural areas calls for a stay on this decision to allow talks to take place to ensure that no rural community is left without a service.

Immediate discussions must take place between The National Transport Authority, Bus Éireann and the Department of Transport to ensure that no older person is left without access to vital services such as health and social inclusion.

The Government recently renewed its commitment to the National Positive Ageing Strategy and without access to travel services many older people in rural and remote areas will be confined to their homes.

Frailty in older age and lack of money across the lifecycle creates a common cause for those who live in the small towns and vibrant villages which are due to affected by the proposed cuts.

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DEATH OF EITHNE CARNEY

October 17, 2014

The death has occurred of Eithne CARNEY (née Magee) Rockfield Road, Kells, Meath

Eithne was a founder member of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. She served on the Executive Committee and as Vice -President and was a Director until 2011. On behalf of the Executive Committee and Staff of the ISCP we extend our sincere  sympathies to her family on their sad loss.  May she rest in peace. 

Funeral arrangements as follows;  

Carney (nee Magee) Eithne. Rockfield Rd., Kells, Co. Meath. Beloved wife of the late Mayo footballer Jackie Carney. Peacefully on 17th October 2014, in Kells in the loving embrace of her family. Dearly loved and remembered by her daughters Anna and Eithne, sons John and Declan, daughters-in-law Dana and Feliciy, son-in-law Peter and her dear friend Tricia. She will be very sadly missed by her seven grandchildren Zoe, Hannah, Colette, Celina, Luca, Dylan and Darren, her great-grandchildren Floella and Tadgh. Predeceased by her eldest son Patrick. Remembered dearly by all her friends. Rest in peace.Reposing at her home on Saturday from 2pm until 9pm and on Sunday, with removal on Sunday evening, Prayers starting at 5pm, leaving her home at 5.30pm and arriving at St. Colmcille’s Church, Kells at 6pm. Funeral on Monday after 11am Mass to St. Colmcille’s Cemetery, Kells.

 

Date Published: Friday 17th October 2014
Date of Death: Friday 17th October 2014
 Cathal McEntee, Funeral Director (IAFD) Est 1899
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2014 RAFFLE WINNERS

October 14, 2014

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament

2014 Raffle Winners

1st Prize        Brendan Doherty Mullingar, Co Westmeath

2nd Prize     Corca Dhuibhne Probus Club Dingle, Co. Kerry

3rd Prize      Pauline Lawlor Murrinstown, Co. Wexford

4th Prize       Patricia Donnelly Wexford

5th Prize       Margaret Kehoe Murrinstown, Co. Wexford

6th Prize      John Quilligan Limerick

7th Prize      Anne Mullins Bridgetown, Co. Wexford

Congratulations to the lucky winners and
thank you again to all who bought and sold tickets.
We are extremely grateful for your support.

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BURY AUSTERITY IN BUDGET 2015

October 13, 2014

Pre-Budget Submission 2015

We are pleased to note that at last there appears to be light at the end of a very long period of austerity and hopefully we can soon “DECENTLY BURY AUSTERITY”. An examination of the position shows very clearly that while the basic rate of pension has remained the  same, the value and buying power of the older person and in particular those older people living alone has been very much reduced. In this budget we are again making a plea for their position to be considered as well as those of the older old.

 What  the ISCP wants for Older People

 HOUSEHOLD BENEFITS PACKAGE

  •  Agree a timeframe for the Restoration of the Package
  • Restore the Telephone allowance
  • Return to a Unit based system for Utilities instead of Cash

LIVING ALONE AND OVER 80 AGE ALLOWANCE 

  • We seek an increase of €5 per week for both payments

FUEL ALLOWANCE 

  • We seek an additional 2 weeks payment and a commitment to pay additional weeks when the temperature falls below a level to be agreed.

 TRANSITION PENSIONERS   

  • An Increase of €5 per week for Older People aged 65 to bring their Job Seeker Benefit to €193 per week
  • That the Minister for Enterprise Jobs and Innovation bring forward legislation to clarify the matter and to specify the rights and entitlements of workers.

 TRAVEL  PASS SCHEME   

  • We are pleased that this scheme will continue in its present format. It is of huge benefit to many older people to enable them to socialise, volunteer and assist families

UNIVERSAL SOCIAL CHARGE

  • Increase the income level at which people become liable to pay USC and that the 2% rate remains until they reach a limit of €25,000
  • A notional rebate method be agreed to cater for those pensioners who have no entitlement to any state payments.

REFUNDABLE TAX CREDITS

  • That those on low incomes be given in cash the equivalent of the credit.

STAMP DUTY ON PENSION FUNDS

  • This levy must be abolished and the legislation repealed and a Protection Fund be set up similar to the fund in the United Kingdom.

Stamp Duty paid per year (Pension Levy)

 

Year Rate €euro amount
2011 .6% 463,000
2012 .6% 483,000
2013 .6% 535,000
2014 .75%   .6+.15 675,000  (estimate)
Total   2,156.000  BILLION

OVER 70S MEDICAL Cards

  • Older People want the medical card restored. The current draconian review process is causing undue hardship and anxiety and must be stopped.
  • Older People in Nursing Homes with no disposable income must be given a card as of right.

PRESCRIPTION CHARGES

  • The €25 cap per household is very onerous on people who live alone. If the charges are not to be abolished then a 50% reduction to €12.50 should apply to them.

HSE DRUGS REFUND SCHEME

  • The €144 cap is too much for single households. It should be reduced by at least 50%.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE RELIEF

  • As a result of the lack of progress in the area of Health and Universal Health Insurance, together with the large numbers of older people who are losing Medical Cards, we ask that the relief be restored to the total premium paid and that medical expenses be allowed at the marginal rate.

WATER CHARGES

  • We are aware that work has been done to try to alleviate some of the hardship which older people will experience in paying for water through the social welfare system.
  • Many older people live in houses which do not have efficient heating, insulation or water conservation systems. Even with grants many cannot undertake the work due to inability to provide money upfront.
  • The Parliament is seeking to have all social welfare pensioners and those with equivalent levels of occupational pensions to be exempt from the charges.

PAY PER VIEW TV

  • We are asking the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the first instance to ensure that our native games are continued as Free to Air.
  • Simultaneously we ask that a fund be set up jointly funded by the Associations and SKY to assist people experiencing hardship.

SECURITY FOR OLDER PEOPLE

  • We ask that a cross departmental group be set up to examine ways and means to ensure that modern protection systems are put in place to enable older people to live safely without fear in their homes.

RIGHT OF AUDIENCE OF PENSIONERS

  • The speed with which pension scheme trustees have set about implementing the measures in the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013 (No 2) are a cause of concern to all pensioners.
  • We are seeking a right of audience for pensioners at all forums where their present and future pension payments are being discussed and decisions are made. This matter is urgent as when previously we raised this matter we were told that pensioners were excluded because pensions in payment (PIPS) could not be changed. This position has now been changed by the enactment of the above referenced Bill.

CRISIS IN THE HEALTH SERVICES   

We note the appointment of a new Minister and we will give him a period of time to get to grips with his new portfolio. Time is of the essence for sick and ill people in this country.

The level of services available to young and old have deteriorated. There is a perception of inertia surrounding all of the services. On a daily basis older people are losing medical cards and those who retain them are self-rationing their medication because of prescription charges. Step down and community care places have waiting lists and places in residential care are difficult to access.  Fair Deal is a further problem.

The Parliament considers this matter so grave that it is calling on government to appoint a special emergency cabinet group to resolve the matter and for the appointment for a fixed period of individual ministers who will be given total responsibility to deal with specific areas whether they are by lifecycle category or by care type. Not all the areas may necessarily lie within the health portfolio such as Universal Health Insurance (UHI) where the payment for the service, the delivery and who delivers it may not fall within the remit of one Department. Private Insurance whether health or otherwise is a method of paying for a service in the same way that people see tax as a payment for public services. Conscious that UHI may now be scrapped we will reserve comment on it.

We are calling for government to treat the Health situation as an “EMERGENCY” and to convene a round table conference of all stakeholders to work together to solve this problem and to bring some realistic solutions to the table.  We are confident it can be done and we are willing to assist. To this end we have not made any serious recommendations in this submission beyond the Call for Health to be declared as and EMERGENCY.

 Every Effort is made to ensure that all information in this Pre Budget Submission is correct at time of going to press.  The ISCP cannot accept responsibility for errors.

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