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Alana Officer

Unit Head, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, World Health Organisation


Peter Burke, TD

Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning 



Barry Lynch

Director of Services for Housing, Community Libraries, Arts & Culture

Barry is Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and an affiliate of the Institute of Internal Auditors. With over 30 years’ experience in the areas of Finance/ Management/ Corporate Governance in both Ireland and abroad. Barry’s current responsibilities include driving the implementation of the Housing for All Programme and relevant sections of the Our Rural Future in Co. Meath and advisory/oversight role with the National Age Friendly Shared Service which is hosted by Meath Co. Council. Barry is a member of the Implementation Group for the Housing Options for Our Ageing Population policy document, a member of the National Advisory Group for the new National Housing Strategy for Disabled People, Chair of the Meath Housing Disability Steering Group, Chair of the Meath Resettlement Interagency Working Group and a member of the Meath Age Friendly Alliance and Joint Policing Committee since 2015.
With almost 20 years’ experience in the Local Government Sector, Mark has worked in Finance, Planning and more recently in Housing with a responsibility for the delivery of Homelessness Services, Estate Management, Private Rental Inspections and Traveller Accommodation. He is currently the National Manager of the Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme which aims to support older people to live in their own home with dignity and independence, for as long as possible, and reduce the number and rate of transfer to long-term residential care.  The programme’s ambition is to enable older people to live longer healthier lives by keeping care close to home and expanding the range of health and social care services in the community. The project is a partnership between Age Friendly Ireland, a shared service centre operating the National Age Friendly programme, and Sláintecare, the Irish Government’s ten year programme for reform of the health care sector. This  project represents an innovative approach in operating between housing services in local government and health. 

National Manager,

Healthy Age Friendly Homes Programme, Age Friendly Ireland, Meath County Council

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Sarah Newell

Age Friendly Housing Technical Advisor, Planner & Urban Designer, Senior Executive Officer, Limerick City & County Councill

With qualifications in Planning, Architecture and Public Management, Sarah has been working in housing for over 19 years in the private, semi-state and public sectors. She is currently Senior Executive Officer and Age Friendly Technical Expert with Limerick City and County Council responsible for the delivery of the newly published Government strategy –  ‘Housing for All’. Preceding that she was on secondment to Limerick City and County Council from the Housing Agency as Project Coordinator for the delivery of the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation plan – a 10 year plan funded under the National Regeneration Programme

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