Do you want to hear what Older People think about Ireland 2010?
Much, Oh So Much, has changed since our last Annual Parliament Meeting.
Come along to the Liberty Hall Theatre and Conference Centre on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 March to hear what our senior citizens have to say about these changes and how they affect their daily lives.
Come along and meet the delegates representing our affiliated organisations and hear what they have to say on such issues about pensions, medical cards, water charges and the withdrawal of the additional payment at Christmas to name a few.
The meeting starts at 1300hrs on Friday and at 1030hrs on Saturday. A copy of the Final Agenda and Standing Order is below.
ANNUAL PARLIAMENT MEETING
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, 26th & 27th March 2010
THE LIBERTY HALL THEATRE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
Siptu, LIBERTY HALL, DUBLIN 1
STANDING ORDERS REPORT NO. 1
The Standing Orders Committee have examined the nominations for all the candidates for the following positions and found them to be in order:
PRESIDENT Jim Cousins, Peter Campbell
VICE-PRESIDENT Ena O’Mahoney
HONORARY SECRETARY Evelyn Moran
TREASURER Nell Foley
TRUSTEE John James McLoughlin, John Tierney
Peter Campbell Anna O’Farrell Jim Cousins Ena O’Mahoney Nell Foley Breda O’Malley Anthony Gilligan Patrick Philpott Henry Harding Séamus Rodgers Barney Hartnett Patrick A. Stanley Joe Jennings John Tierney Ignatius Martin Gerry Whyte Pat Morgan Jeremiah Withers John J Murray
STANDING ORDERS COMMITTEE
Patrick Clarke, Nuala Early, Frank Farrelly, Jim McArdle, Jim Quinn, Frank Waters
As there are 2 nominations for the position of President there will be an ELECTION for the position of President.
As only one nomination was received for each of the positions of Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer there will be be NO ELECTION for the positions of Vice-President, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer.
As there are only 2 nominations for the position of Trustee and two vacancies there will be no ELECTION for the position of Trustee.
There are 19 nominations in respect of the 15 positions on the Executive Committee and as three of the candidates for the Executive are unopposed for positions as Officers of the Parliament this reduces the number of validly nominated candidates to 16. However two of the remaining candidates for the Executive committee are the two people contesting the position of President of the ISCP namely, Peter Campbell and Jim Cousins. Therefore on the election of one of them to that position this will leave a situation where 15 people will then be validly nominated for the 15 places on the Executive. As a result there will be no ELECTION for the positions on the Executive Committee.
As the nominations for the Standing Orders Committee are sufficient there will be NO ELECTION for the Standing Orders Committee.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR VOTING
Ballot papers will be distributed on Saturday, 27th March 2010, at 11.00hrs. Each delegate will be required to produce their pre-numbered Delegate Card to the Scrutineers before receiving their ballot paper.
ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11.00HRS SATURDAY, 27th March 2010
BALLOT BOXES WILL BE PLACED IN THE CONFERENCE HALL VOTING WILL CLOSE AT 11.45HRS (SHARP)
It is recommended that Jane Boushell be invited to act as Returning Officer for the elections.
PROCEEDINGS WILL COMMENCE AT 14.00HRS ON FRIDAY AND AT 10.30HRS ON SATURDAY
LIMITATION OF SPEAKERS
Subject to the discretion of the Chairperson of the Annual Parliament Meeting the proposer of a motion shall be allowed 4 minutes and each subsequent speaker 2 minutes. Delegates are requested to comply with these time limits to ensure completion of the Agenda. In the event of there being a time problem with regard to the completion of the business of the APM a further Standing Orders Report may be moved to deal with a reduction of these timings.
It is recommended that the Parliament Meeting closes no later than 13.30hrs on Saturday, 27th March 2010.
The motions received were examined by the Standing Orders Committee and were found to be in order. The committee recommends that motions 18, 19 & 20 be composited and the proposers of the motions have agreed to Composite number 1.
Composite Motion No. 1
This Conference condemns the introduction of a 50 cent per item charge on Medical Card Holder’s prescriptions which in their view is targeting the poorest of the population. Many older people require a number of medications and at 50 cent per item this will mean another drain on already stretched incomes. We call on the Executive Committee of the ISCP to meet urgently with the Minister for Finance with a view to abolishing prescription charges for all senior citizens on medical cards.
Motion will be proposed by SIPTU Region2
Seconded by Cork Council of Trade Unions
Supported by SIPTU Region 4
Dinner & Social Evening
There will be a Meal & Social Evening on Friday, 26th March 2010, at 18.30hrs.
DELEGATES ARE REQUESTED TO NOTIFY THE OFFICE IF THEY WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE MEAL EITHER TO 01 8561243 OR BY EMAIL.
FRIDAY, 26th March 2010(DAY 1)
12.00hrs–13.50hrs Registration of Delegates
14.00hrs Welcome Address – Sylvia Meehan, President, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament
14.05hrs Adoption of Standing Orders Report No. 1
14.15hrs Election of Scrutineers and Tellers
14.20hrs Presidential Address – Sylvia Meehan, President
14.35hrs Introduction of Annual Report 2009 – Evelyn Moran, Honorary Secretary
14.45hrs MOTIONS 2010
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & FAMILY AFFAIRS
Government Pensions Policy
Motion No. 1
Motion No. 2
State Pension Contribution Payments
Motion No. 3
15.30hrs Address by President of Ireland,Mary McAleese
Followed by Tea/Coffee Break
16.30hrs Additional Payment at Christmas
Motions No. 4, 5 & 6
Motion No. 7
Living Alone Allowance
Motion No. 8
Universal Social Contribution
Motion No. 9
OFFICE OF THE MINISTER FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Home Help Services
Motion No. 10
Motion No. 11
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
Motion No. 12
18.15hrs END OF FIRST SESSION
18.30hrs MEAL & SOCIAL EVENING
SATURDAY, 27th March 2010 (DAY 2)
10.00hrs PRIVATE SESSION
Questions & Answers
Election of Auditors
Report from the Funding Committee
MOTIONS 2010 continued…
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & CHILDREN
Universal Health Care
Motion No. 13
Motion Nos. 14, 15 & 16
Motion No. 17
Composite Motion No. 1
(Motions 18, 19 & 20)
Dental & Optical Benefits
Motion No. 21
Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Manifesto
Motion No. 22
Motion No. 23
11.00hrs ELECTIONS 2010
DISTRIBUTION OF BALLOT PAPERS
11.30hrs MOTIONS 2010 continued…
Nursing Home Support Scheme
Motion Nos. 24 & 25
REPORT OF THE HEALTH SUB COMMITTEE
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Taxes & Charges
Motion No. 26
Motion Nos. 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY RURAL & GAELTACHT AFFIARS
Community Support Scheme
Motion Nos. 32 & 33
Safety & Security in the Home
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Motion No. 35
13.25hrs ELECTION RESULTS (if available)
13.30hrs Close of Annual Parliament Meeting with Vote of Thanks to the outgoing President, Sylvia Meehan