Ireland Targets Job Opportunities in the Smart Ageing Sector – Taoiseach
Ireland well-positioned to take advantage of the fast-growing global market
Speaking after the latest Action Plan on Jobs Progress Report, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said “The number of people over 60 will more than double by 2020 – with a spending power of 15 trillion dollars globally. We aim to grow Ireland’s share of this market – targeting key areas such as Functional Foods, Connected Health, Assisted Living, Adaptable Housing and Leisure Tourism.”
“As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, the research done in relation to Smart Ageing has identified over 1,150 initiatives in Ireland across Government Departments and Agencies, Higher Education Institutes, Enterprise and NGOs.
We are publishing a Report showing how Ireland can use its strengths in key areas to take advantage of the fast-growing global market for products and services for older people, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Ireland as well as helping to improve the lives and living conditions of older people”
According to the Report, Ireland exhibits a ‘small country effect,’ with strong connections across different actors in the public and private sectors, including third level institutes, research institutes, healthcare and social service providers and industry.
The Report sets out a broad range of recommendations to build on current activity in these key areas with the focus on coordination, co-investment and synergy.
The Government is now establishing an Implementation Group to oversee this process involving key Departments, as well as the HSE and enterprise agencies, to work on these recommendations.
The Group will develop and oversee an implementation plan later this year drawing on the analysis and recommendations contained in the Report to ensure that the recommendations are incorporated into the work of the various State Agencies and research centres.
Welcoming the report the Minster for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said: “The healthcare sector is a crucial area which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs. We have put in place a range of measures to deliver on this, including the establishment of a Health Innovation Hub to make it easier for Irish companies to commercialise their technologies. This report is further confirmation that Smart Ageing offers a major opportunity for the Irish economy. The challenge now will be to implement the actions necessary to support the development of this sector and create the jobs we need”.
Minister for Primary Care, Social Care & Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said: “Older people want to stay in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Technologies can play a key role in enabling this to happen. This Report has identified the potential of technologies that remotely monitor and deliver care to older people, and that allow them to live with greater comfort and safety. It is very important that this potential be explored and exploited not just for economic reasons but because of the benefits that they can bring to people as they get older “
Download full report here