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Age Action's Spring Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Spring Raffle and to all those who supported this year’s campaign. We are so grateful to the many hundreds of people who support us and with your help we raised valuable funds for our advocacy and programmes work with older people.

1st

J Doran
Co Dublin

2nd         

J O'Sullivan
Co Cork

3rd

I Coghlan
Co Dublin

Sellers Prize

U Smiley
Co Dublin

Thank you to all who supported the raffle, this is one of our biggest and most reliable fundraisers, so your support makes all the difference

Advocacy groups say nursing homes must be subject to human rights inspections

(2 March 2021) 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said the pandemic has shown that older people living in residential care are not getting the protection and care they need. And it’s clear that there are problems in other residential settings, such as Direct Provision, as well.

ICCL, Age Action and Sage Advocacy believe the solution to this is independent, human rights-focused inspections. The government is talking about such a system, but it’s essential that residential institutions and care homes are included. Ireland’s sad history in this regard shows us why this is so important.

Age Action Calling for Review of AstraZeneca Use in Light of WHO Advisory Group Recommendation

(10 February) Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people is calling for the Government to review the use of vaccines for people over the age of 70 following the recommendation of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over the age of 18 without an upper age limit.

 

 

Age Action's Response to the Benefits Payment for Over 65 Year Olds

(Monday 8 February 2021) Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people responds to the announcement by Minister Humphrey’s of the Benefit Payment for Over 65 Year Olds.

 Paddy Connolly, CEO Age Action said ‘A year to the day since people went to the polls, the Government has attempted and failed to address a key election issue with the design of the Benefit Payment for Over 65 Year Olds.

While it is welcome that people forced to retire at 65 because of mandatory retirement clauses don’t have to sign on the dole now to get a needed social welfare payment, they are still expected to make do with approximately €2300 per year less than the State pension. This piecemeal approach to pension reform continues to drive inequality experienced by older people in retirement. The correct response from Government would have been to address the issue of mandatory retirement clauses and deliver an adequate social safety net in retirement.’

 

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Age Action welcomes removal of pension age increase in Social Welfare Bill as part of the STOP67 Coalition

(9 December 2020) The STOP67 campaign has welcomed the removal of the pension age increase to 67 years on 1st January next in the Social Welfare Bill which will be debated in the Dáil today (9th December, 2020). 

The campaign, which helped to make the pension age increase a controversial and dominant issue during the general election in February 2020, includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), Age Action, Active Retirement Ireland and SIPTU. 

HSE and Age Action launch older-age friendly guide to COVID Tracker App

Today, Tuesday, 8th December 2020, the HSE and Age Action Ireland are launching an older-age friendly guide – How to Use the COVID Tracker App. The guide is part of Age Action Ireland’s Getting Started KIT which supports learning and the use of technology and digital services.

Age Action Ireland worked with the HSE to develop this resource specifically for older people who need some help with online activities so they can use the App as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

(13 November 2020) 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.

PAW Raffle Winners

Thank you all for your patience during the last number of weeks and for your understanding that due to the COVID-19 crisis we were not in a position to hold the Positive Ageing Week Raffle. Today, we were finally able to do the draw and we list below the lucky winners.

We wish the winners well and trust they will have a happy time spending their winnings. It certainly brightened up their day when we told them earlier. Thanks again to all those who entered as all proceeds from the raffle will help us to continue to provide much needed services to older people over the coming months.

Keep safe and well.

1st Prize - €1500 -  V. McGowne.  Dublin.

2nd Prize - €1000 – A. Smyth.  Dublin.

3rd Prize - €500 – B. O’Brien.  Cork.

Sellers Prize - €100 – M. Moran.  Kerry.

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