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UN Poverty Day

Age Action produced a publication "Growing Older In Ireland" under the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17th October 2014) Public Awareness Initiative.

The publication was funded by the Department of Social Protection.

This booklet was produced to raise awareness about the lived experience of growing older in Ireland in 2014 and in particular the experience of poverty amongst older people.

In preparing this booklet we spoke to our members in Cork, Dublin and Galway to understand the impact that austerity has had on their lives and on their wellbeing. 

Download a PDF of this report via the link below.

Note: The views expressed in this booklet are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Social Protection.

STOP67 calls for inclusion of advocates for women and older people on Pensions Commission

(13 November) The STOP67 Coalition has expressed its disappointment at the failure of the Government to appoint sufficient members to the Pensions Commission who reflect the interests of those most affected by the proposed pension age increase and, in particular, organisations representing women and older people. The Coalition includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), SIPTU, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland.

In a letter to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the Coalition said it was “shocked and surprised” that the Commission does not include the representatives of so many of those directly affected by the proposed pension age increase. This followed the announcement by the Government of the members of the Commission, which is due to assess whether the pension age should be increased to 67 years and to set out a future plan for the pension system.