No country for the elderly
Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00
•The report released by the Society of St Vincent De Paul (September 8) makes for painful reading, with older people going to bed early to reduce fuel bills and significant issues in relation to public transport in Dublin.
So what do we do? Rather than improving our public transport services, as was recommended by the Deloitte Report, Dublin Bus is cutting bus routes so that old people have to wait longer and walk significant distances to get to hospital appointments, local shops, etc.
The report highlights the fact that significant numbers of older people are "using taxis at great expense" to attend hospital appointments rather than relying on public transport services.