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Statement Responding to Reports of the Findings of the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) into allegations of abuse at a HSE run Nursing Home

Published 22/06/2023


(21 June 2023) 

Responding to reports on RTÉ about the findings of the review of the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) into allegations of abuse at a HSE run Nursing Home Age Action said ‘the reported findings that women who disclosed allegations of abuse and assault were not believed and therefore the appropriate actions were not triggered should be a watershed moment in how older people are treated in our society, particularly in a health care setting.

We pay tribute to the bravery of ‘Emily’ whose case brought the safeguarding failings to light. Age Action understands that older people and their families learning of the NIRP report will be worried if they or their loved one is safe in their care setting.  There is a risk of abuse in any situation where one or more adults is dependent, or made dependent on another and currently there are gaps in legislation and practice to protect people.  Age Action supports calls from Safeguarding Ireland for the urgent introduction of Adult Safeguarding Legislation and joins Care Champions in the call for a rights based inquiry into the COVID-19 response measures in nursing homes so that we can fully understand and learn from the lived experience of people living and working in them.

Age Action is also calling for greater recognition of how ageist attitudes contribute to how people are treated; a cultural change is needed to ensure that a rights based approach to health and social care is delivered, monitored and remedied.



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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