We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members and delegates for attending our 2023 Annual Parliament Meeting last week. We had a wonderful day of discussion and debate while exchanging views on the announcements of Budget 2024. The overall response to the Budget was one of disappointment and confusion. Our members expressed how they felt let down by Government and once again, older persons were an oversight in this year’s budget.
We managed to put our budgetary frustrations to one side to speak about the continued work of the ISCP and to celebrate all of our achievements to date. We also took a moment to pause and pay tribute to past ISCP members who have sadly passed away in the last year. Once our delegates were up to date on current and future work, we continued to discuss the future direction of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.
It was made very clear to us that our members still have the drive and determination to continue fighting for their rights and for security in retirement. We must always remember that we are advocating for everyone’s future. It won’t be long until our older population outnumber the rest and our Government need to prepare for this in advance. We need to future-proof and implement policies which support our entire population at every stage of life. The ISCP will continue to do our best to elevate and promote the voice of our growing population of older persons.