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Age Action & Active Retirement Ireland call on people to protect their older family members during COVID-19

Published 15/03/2020


Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland today called on the public to act in the interests of people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 – older people and people with underlying health conditions.

Alarmed by reports on social and mainstream media of people disregarding the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the Government to practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland who have a combined membership of approximately 35,000 people, criticised the actions of customers and some licenced premises operators.

Paddy Connolly, CEO of Age Action said ‘This isn’t mid-term break, this is a public health emergency. People need to cop on and understand the risk they are exposing their families and friends to, not to mention the health care workers who are on the frontline of COVID-19. We have a duty of care to the members of our society who are most at risk to the impacts of COVID-19. We need to show intergenerational solidarity by acting responsibly in line with the Department of Health’s guidelines.’

Maureen Kavanagh, CEO of Active Retirement Ireland said ‘These are very trying times for older people, who are among the high-risk categories of COVID-19 victims. We are appealing to everyone's better nature and asking people to think of older members of their communities. We have seen an outpouring of goodwill across the country and we encourage everyone to support older people who may be isolated. This includes a lot of grandparents who would normally be asked to mind children. For the good of their health and that of others, we ask that everyone be mindful of the advice from the HSE.’





Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Gas Networks Ireland is raising money for Age Action. If you've recently called their contact centre or had work done by them, you might receive a text from Gas Networks asking for your feedback. For every response received, they'll donate €2 to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.

How It Works - If you've had contact with Gas Networks Ireland service centre or had work carried out by them, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback. 

By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.You won't be asked for any bank details or money. Gas Networks Ireland is handling all the donations.

If you would rather not get these texts, just let them know and you won’t be included.  If you are over 65yrs old, you can contact them directly on their Age-Friendly service.  See their contact details here.

For Corporate Clients- Please note that Gas Networks donate €50 for each qualitative interview their commercial customers take part in.

Details on Gas networks customer surveys is available here.

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