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Age Action response to Áras Attracta report

Published 06/09/2016

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has responded to the publication today of the independent review group investigation into Áras Attracta.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “The RTÉ investigation into Áras Attracta shocked the nation almost two years ago.

“We welcome the recommendations published today that propose a move to a rights-based model of service delivery that supports the independence of residents.

“The call for a much greater emphasis on listening to the wishes of residents, ensuring they know their rights and have access to advocacy services is also especially welcome.

“If anything positive can come out of what happened it is that the HSE will ensure the scenes we saw on Prime Time are never repeated, that care homes and facilities will have the staff, the training and the resources they need to ensure that residents are safe, that they are treated compassionately and they get the quality of care they and their families expect.”

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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.