Older people meet TDs
Local older people got the chance to meet their TDs recently to discuss issues affecting their lives and what could be done.
The things concerning them include cuts to entitlements such as ESB, medical cards, phone and fuel allowances, water charges and property tax; home help and homecare provision; and use of free travel passes on privatised bus routes; as well as a proposal for a national Charter of Rights for Older People.
This was at a 'Speed Lobby' event put on by Bray Area Partnership at the Esplanade Hotel. Four groups of over-50s got to talk to each TD for lively 20-minute sessions. Deputies Billy Timmins, Andrew Doyle, Anne Ferris and Stephen Donnelly were at the event.
The groups had been working on their issues and questions in the lead-up to the event, led by a group who had taken part in an active citizenship programme.
'Older people said they felt they were listened to and had their questions answered,' said Eileen Byrnes of Bray Area Partnership.