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Fergus Finlay at the Annual Parliament Meeting 2009

Making all our Voices heard Remarks by Fergus Finlay, CEO, Barnardos At the Senior Citizens Parliament Dublin, 17th April 2009 It was our former Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, who famously urged us to party on as if there were no tomorrow. And for many years it seemed, despite all sorts of warning signs, that the party […]

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ISCP Annual Parliament 2009

Speaking today at the Annual Parliament Meeting, Senior Citizens’ Parliament President Sylvia Meehan expressed the deep shock which Older People are feeling as a result of the removal of the Christmas Bonus for all Social Welfare Recipients. Ms Meehan said that it was the equivalent of a 2% reduction in State Pension for Old Age […]

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Community Support for Older People Scheme Suspended

At a time when attacks on Older People are increasing the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament are dismayed to learn that the scheme of community support for Older People is to be suspended. Effective from yesterday the Department will not be accepting any further applications for any of the supports provided under this scheme. We understand […]

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Be fair to older people

BE FAIR TO OLDER PEOPLE The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament urges the Government to ensure that Older People are not further disadvantaged in Supplementary Budget April 2009. Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, stated that “Older People are still feeling the effects of Budget 2009. Many are fearful and frightened as they contemplate […]

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Loss of Christmas “Bonus” Payment

The Irish Senior Citizens’ Parliament Attacks the Loss of Christmas Bonus Payment Speaking following today’s Supplementary Budget, Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, expressed bitter disappointment at the axing of the Pensioners “Christmas Bonus”. Older People have become totally dependent on this extra payment in the dead of winter to help with their […]

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Over 70 medical card crisis: Call to action

TO: Each Organisation affiliated to the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament Dear Colleague, This is a very difficult time for Older People in Ireland. Since Budget Day the issue of the withdrawal of the Medical Card for Older People has dominated the airwaves and, indeed, the Parliament has been inundated with ‘phone calls and emails from […]

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Observations on the Green Paper on Pensions by the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament

The Parliament through the work of its Pensions Committee, meetings with members and workshops at the Annual Parliament Meeting consulted widely and examined the proposals in the Green Paper in some depth. Among our main recommendations are: A call for a new pension system that guarantees an income adequate to meet all the needs of pensioners A pension which […]

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Budget 2009

   Pictured above members of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament who presented the Parliaments Budget 2009 Submission ‘Lighten the Load’ to the Minister for Social & Family Affairs Mary Hanafin at the Pre-Budget Forum which was held on 19th September 2008 in St. Andrews Resource Centre.

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Risk Equalisation judgement

Parliament Urges Minister to Act quickly and decisively on the judgement The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament welcomes the statement by the Minister for Health and Children reconfirming that The Government’s Objective in health insurance has been that it should be affordable to older and sicker people. Intergenerational solidarity in health insurance has always received widespread […]

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