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A pandemic and those on the margins

Published 02/04/2020

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(2 April) Age Action is a member of the Community and Voluntary Pillar; 14 organisations working to achieve a more equal society.

The Community and Voluntary Pillar submitted a letter to the Editor of the Irish Times which is published today 2 April.  You can read an excerpt below and click the link to the full article.

Sir, – The implications of the Covid-19 public health emergency are already far-reaching and impact all corners of our society. As well as the tragic loss of life, it also affects the livelihoods and living standards of thousands of people. For organisations working with those most at risk and on the margins, the crisis has laid bare the depth of existing inequalities and weaknesses in the current system of supports.

The Government has rightly committed to short-term measures that will offer security to individuals and families in this time of instability. The decision to introduce a wage subsidy, an enhanced unemployment payment, a temporary prohibition on evictions, a rent freeze, a temporary end to our two-tier health system and supports for our childcare providers are welcome, and the rapid response by Government departments is to be commended. However, more is urgently required, particularly for the most vulnerable, such as isolated older people.

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eir partners with Age Action and Age Friendly Ireland to create specialised ‘age friendly care’

(22 November 2021) eir, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, today announced the launch of a new approach to provide specialised support for (older customers. ‘Age friendly care from eir’ has been designed in partnership with Age Action and Age Friendly Ireland, and includes the introduction of a dedicated phone line supported by a team of care agents who are specially trained in working with customers aged 65 and over.