State pension hiked and prescriptions charges slashed
The State pension and the living-alone allowance will be increased at a rate above inflation as part of a suite of measures aimed at older people to be introduced by the new Government.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's 'Partnership Government' is also committing to significantly reducing the cost of medicine and cutting the prescription charge for medical card holders.
Funding for home care packages and home help hours will be increased, along with significant investment in the housing adaptation scheme and senior alert scheme.
The free travel pass will be protected by the new government and there will be a focus on keeping transport routes, operated by both public and private services, open.
Extra funding will be made available to allow GP practices upgrade to provide X-rays, ultrasounds and chronic disease management services. The investment is aimed at ensuring older people have access to necessary medical services in their communities.
More GP training places will be introduce and the role of pharmacists will expanded to provide more healthcare management for patients.
A review of the rural bus network will examine the integration of public services and report to an Oireachtas committee within six months.