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Policymakers must respond to Ireland’s ageing population

Published 06/04/2017


The rapid rise in the number of people aged over 65 revealed in today’s census should encourage the Government to prioritise planning for an ageing society according to Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people.

Ireland must plan for our ageing population. Photo ISAX
Ireland must plan for our ageing population. Photo ISAX

The number of people aged over 65 has increased since 2011 by 19.1 per cent to 637,567. There was also a 15.6 per cent increase in the number of people aged over 85 to 67,555.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “People are living longer, healthier, lives and this is a huge success story.

“Ireland does not face a demographic crisis, we face a policy crisis caused by the failure of successive government to prepare and plan for the changes shown in today’s census figures.

“These statistics should be a wake-up call to policymakers. We need to start planning to ensure a decent State Pension, accessible homecare and better services not just for today’s older people, but for generations who hope to grow old in Ireland.”


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(1 May) Age Action called for the Government to consult with older people as it plans for the longer-term impacts of Covid-19. To date, public health and Government advice has treated the over 70 age cohort as one. As a single age cohort people over the age of 70 have been subject to public health measures but not enabled to participate in the decision-making process that would ensure that their lived experience and their self-identified needs informs the outcome.