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Saturday 25 February 2017

Davis is given a history lesson from woman who's seen it all

Grainne Cunningham

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Mary Davis yesterday met a woman who has been eligible to vote in every presidential election since the foundation of the State.

Now a sprightly 98-year-old, Eleanor Feeney was a young woman of 26 when Douglas Hyde was elected to the Aras in 1938.

Ms Davis yesterday listened to her views regarding issues affecting older people, before also getting a briefing from Eamonn Timmins of Age Action Ireland.

Ms Feeney still lives at home in Clonskeagh, Dublin, and enjoys the support of her wider family.

She told Ms Davis that the secret to a long life was staying in touch with one's own community, and the occasional drop of brandy.

Ms Davis has promised to be a powerful advocate for older people both during her presidential campaign and, if she is elected, her tenure as president.

She has pledged her support to maintaining local mechanisms, such as community health clinics and rural transport.

Irish Independent

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