The Citizens’ Assembly is inviting members of the public, representative groups and citizen organisations to make submissions on the second topic the Assembly will consider, ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’.
The Assembly was set up by the Government to look at a range of issues including the eighth amendment to the Constitution, fixed term parliaments, referendums, climate change and planning for an ageing population.
The Assembly is an exercise in deliberative democracy that places the citizen at the heart of important legal and policy challenges facing Irish society.
It is made up of the Chairperson, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, and 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate.
“The challenges and opportunities of an ageing population is the second topic the Assembly will be tasked with considering and making recommendations on,” said Ms Justice Laffoy.
“It is important that we hear a range of opinions and therefore I would encourage people, both young and old, to make a submission and bring their views to the Assembly. The submissions play a key role in helping to shape the Assembly’s discussions.”
The closing date for submissions is 19 May 2017, next Friday, and Age Action is strongly encouraging people to get involved.
This really is an opportunity for everyone. Don’t leave this process to organisations like us!
It’s so important to have your say, to set out in a short letter or email what you think Ireland must do to make this country the best place in the world in which to grow old.
All documents received by the Assembly secretariat may be listed on the website, in order of date received and displayed with a name/name of organisation and the title of the submission.
Submissions can be made online at www.citizensassembly.ie or by post to Citizens’ Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, to arrive no later than 19 May 2017.