The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament is a representative organisation of Older People in Ireland. The Parliament is a non-partisan political organisation working to promote the views of older people in policy development and decision-making. The Parliament is run by older volunteers who are elected annually at the Annual Parliament Meeting by delegates from affiliated organisations. The ISCP currently has 400 affiliated organisations whose memberships combine to a total of 100,000 individuals. This membership means the ISCP has a genuine mandate to be the Voice of Older People in Ireland.
In November 1993 the European Parliament held its first Senior Citizens Parliament in Luxembourg. Irish delegates returned full of enthusiasm for the setting up of an Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. Recognising the need for a strong voice for older people at national level the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament was founded and held its first Parliament in 1994. The Parliament has 380 affiliated organisations with a total membership of 95,000. The Parliament is non-party political non-sectarian and non-profit making. It is an autonomous organisation concerned with promoting the interests of retired and older people people.
Are you a member of an organisation for older people and would you like your group to be involved with the Parliament? Senior Citizens have a right to be heard. Every day decisions are made affecting your life. Do you want to help make that voice louder?
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What are the objectives of the Parliament
- To be a strong voice representing older people and their needs at international, national and local level.
- To promote inter-generational solidarity.
- To work through the existing affiliated organisations to ensure better co-ordination of policies and activities whilst ensuring that the affiliated groups retain their own autonomy.
- To work for improvement in the quality of life of Older People.
- To develop solidarity with organisations working to improve the quality of life of Older People.
- To represent Older People’s issues to Government.
How are these objectives achieved?
We identify issues of concern to Older People and we lobby at national level to achieve them. We bring the issues to the attention of the Government and all other agencies dealing with issues affecting our members.
Who can join?
Membership is open to organisations who wish to work with the Parliament on issues of concern to Older People and who are fully supportive of the Parliament and its ethos
All affiliated organisations have an equal status, having the right to nominate 3 delegates to the Parliament, regardless of the size of the organisation.
The Parliament recognises the autonomy of each affiliated organisation and, a provision to give effect to this, is contained in the Parliament’s Constitution
We know you have a lot to contribute to our organisation. Don’t delay make contact today!! Members of the Parliament are available to go and speak to your organisation about the work we are doing and to explain our work in areas such as pensions, transport, health, housing, nursing and home care to name but a few.