NATIONAL CONVENTION OF OLDER PEOPLE’S COUNCILS
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of November Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum (Older People Council) in association with the Fingal Age Friendly Alliance and Fingal County Council hosted the National Convention of Older Persons’ Councils, in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Bewley’s Hotel), Dublin Airport.
Delegates came from across Ireland and included representatives of Older People Councils, Local Authority Age Friendly County Programme Managers, Older People Council Support Workers and Age Friendly Ireland.
Chair of the Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum, Bob McAlpine, was delighted that the Event was hosted in Fingal, saying,
“The Event was not only an opportunity for members of Older People Councils to network but is also a chance for us to showcase initiatives that we have been involved in and exchange ideas and best practice”.
The Chair of the Fingal Age Friendly County Alliance, Nora Owen, also expressed her pleasure at being able to support the Convention, commenting that her role as Chair of the Alliance is to ensure that the voice of older people is heard at Local and National level, saying
“The key to an Age Friendly County is collaboration, my job is to facilitate conversations and develop partnerships between Agencies and Organisations who provide services for older people and Older People themselves which allows actual implementation and real change to take place. Today was just another way of facilitating this process”.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David O’Connor stated, “I am delighted to have been asked to open this event, it is great to see so many delegates from across the Country representing the voice of Older People. As First Citizen of Fingal I am delighted we are hosting this event in Fingal” Chief Executive Fingal County Council Paul Reid added, “I am delighted as CE of Fingal County Council to be part of this event to support our Senior Citizen’s Forum in bringing forward their issues and recognizing the challenges ahead. I am also delighted that the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton could take time of our his busy schedule to be part of this event with us ” .
Speakers on the day included representatives from the Active Ageing Partnership, An Garda Síochána, the Netwell Centre (DKIT), Health Service Executive, Age Friendly Ireland and Fingal County Council.
The Event was officially launched by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Richard Bruton T.D. and Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David O’Connor.
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