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Elderly citizens have their say to candidates

DUNDALK'S elderly got a chance to air their concerns when the Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament had a meeting in the Carroll Mead Hall on Wednesday last with candidates for the European and local elections.

The meeting provided an opportunity to engage with the candidates on issues that affect the elderly such as the maintenance of footpaths in the town and the repair of existing potholes.

Public transport and the organisation's call for the re-instating of the Christmas bonus and free GP cards were also key issues that were discussed.

The parliament's CEO Mairead Hayes says that these meetings are important and allow their members to voice their concerns to the candidates on both a European and local level.

'This is a critical time for older people as many are frightened and concerned about the future.

'We want to ensure that their voice is heard by the candidates and their parties and that the voice and needs of older people is heard at both the European and local government level at this time.'

The Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament was set up to promote the views of older people in policy development and decision-making and they have organised a series of meetings throughout the country on the issues in these elections.

They also held a silent protest outside Dáil Éireann on Thursday as part of their campaign to have the christmas bonus re-instated.

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Drogheda East, Drogheda West, Ardee, Dundalk South, Dundalk Carlingford