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DCU Educational Opportunities

September 8, 2017

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Some exciting opportunities for older people are available at Dublin City University (DCU). DCU is an Age Friendly University, and is committed to widening access to higher education, and enhancing the lives of older people through educational programmes and research. For more information, contact the DCU Age Friendly programme here.

Opportunities:

1. An extended range of modules from DCU’s undergraduate programme are available to take on an audit only basis for this Semester.  These modules have been reduced to 100.00 per course from 250.00.  There are no exams or assignments but participants do need to download and compete the registration with DCU and details of the courses are on www.dcu.ie/agefriendly under Current Opportunities.  As the Semester is due to commence shortly there is a short window of opportunity to register for a place. If participants wish to undertake this course for credit towards an award they will have to undertake assignments and exams and the cost for this is €500.

2. The Taste of DCU will take place on Friday, September 29th – 9.30 am4.00pm.  This is a free event on the DCU campus and is a whole day of mini modules delivered by DCU lecturers, showcasing the range of opportunities in DCU.  The main activities will take place in the Henry Grattan building and a photo exhibition by the DCU Digital Photography Group will take place on The Street in the Henry Grattan.

 

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Breda O’Malley

September 4, 2017

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We are sorry to advise that our former Executive Committee member, Breda O’Malley, passed away on Friday, the 1st of September.

Breda represented Westport ARA on the Executive Committee of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament from 2000-2013 and in that time she served as Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and as a Director.  An outstanding example of older people advocating for themselves Breda was involved in our protests in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013 her apt poster attracted a lot of press interest and was printed in many newspapers.

She worked on behalf of older people with her local and national representatives and was active in her community.

Our thoughts are with her nieces and nephews and all her friends at this sad time.

May she rest in peace.

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2018 Pre-Budget Submission Leaflet

August 28, 2017

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News in Brief – August 2017

August 28, 2017

Download PDF version of the August News in Brief here.

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Media Statement: The Fair Deal & Vacant Housing

August 15, 2017

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The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP) is concerned at statements from the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy relating to the possible alteration of rules to the Fair Deal regarding the leasing out of vacant property by older people.

Though at this stage, details of potential changes remain unclear, we feel that forcing older people would not represent a solution to the current housing crisis. Indeed, older people already contribute 80% of their income in order to cover the cost of nursing home care. We feel this is more than enough.

Whilst we fully recognise the urgency of the situation, such an arrangement would not offer a fair or appropriate solution. With funding for social housing cut by almost 90% between 2008 and 2014, alongside a waiting list of 90,000 households, it is clear where the problem lies. In order to adequately address the housing crisis, an increased supply of housing, as well as a focus on provision of housing suitable to the specific needs of many older people, is required. Indeed, where, for example, older people wish to downsize their property, they should be facilitated to do so. As part of efforts to tackle the housing crisis, choice, fairness and autonomy must be preserved.

We call on the Minister to clarify his position on the matter and would urge the Government to respect and consider the needs and wishes of older people in relation to this issue.

Máiréad Hayes

CEO

086 349 8848   

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Media Statement – Budget 2018

July 21, 2017

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The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP), representing 330 affiliated organisations, is calling for the delivery of election promises in Budget 2018. Tomorrow at the Department of Employment and Social Protection Pre-Budget Forum in Dublin Castle, we look forward to discussing with Minister Regina Doherty T.D the EXPECTATIONS of older people for BUDGET  2018

We seek in BUDGET 2018 the implementation of A Programme of Recovery for Older People 2018-2020.

We now need concrete proposals and timelines which will incrementally restore and improve the conditions, health and general wellbeing of all older people.

Our specific proposals, informed by input from members across Ireland, include the Restoration of Cuts and Benefits and an Agreed Timetable to achieve this over the next 2 years.

We have welcomed the gradual restoration of the State Pension, but now it is time to accelerate this process and that is why we are calling for a €6, across the board, increase to all State Pensions and the restoration of the Transition Pension, or, failing this, an increase in the Jobseeker’s Allowance for older workers.

The issue of the ‘older old’ is also vitally important, with increasing frailty and mobility issues leading to increased costs. We are asking for an increase of €6 to the State Pension for all older people aged over 80.

We also call for an end to the unfair system of denial of access for pensioners to the industrial machinery of the State to vindicate their rights with regard to occupational pensions and for the introduction of a Pension Protection Fund, similar to that which exists in the UK.

Máiréad Hayes

CEO

086 349 8848

 

 

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Submit your views on Home Care

July 13, 2017

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The Department of Health has launched a public consultation process on the future of Home Care in Ireland. It is so important that your views on such an essential service are clearly heard, in order to ensure a decent, equitable and sustainable Home Care system in Ireland.

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament will be delivering a submission, but individual submissions are also vital.

Submit your feedback at this link.

Please note that there are two survey options to choose from – an Easy Read and a Standard version.