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Sinn Féin welcome news of Older Peoples Commissioner appointment

18 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Older People, Newry Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has welcomed the announcement of a Commissioner for Older People appointment and has said that this post shall create a mechanism to bring the rights of Older People into the heart of Executive decision making.

Mr Brady said:

"I am delighted that a Commissioner for Older People post has been announced.

"Older people have made a lifetime contribution to our society, through their work, their taxes and voluntary work in their communities. Unfortunately the standard of living of many of our older people does not meet their needs or reflect the contribution they make.

"It is welcome that this appointment is in place to properly value and recognise the contribution of older people to our society as a whole.

"We need to support older people in realising their vital role in our communities. A number of issues such as low income, access to transport, health and housing, need to be addressed. Older people should be consulted in decision making at all levels of government.

"The appointment of a Commissioner for Older People shall provide an important mechanism for challenging and reviewing policy and decision making and will give a focused role in articulating the demands and rights of older people. These rights must be at the heart of Executive decision making."


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