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McGuinness announces intention to create an Older People’s Commissioner

18 December, 2007

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Ian Paisley and have announced their intention to create a Northern Ireland Commissioner for Older People.

The announcement was made at a visit to the office of Atlantic Philanthropies in Belfast. The First Minister and deputy First Minister were joined by representatives from older people charities Age Concern and Help the Aged, as well as Sinn Fein Junior Minister Gerry Kelly and Ian Paisley Junior who have responsibility for older person's issues.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:
"Earlier this year we agreed to undertake a review of the case for establishing an Older People's Commissioner. That review commenced in November and we have now received an interim report which supports the creation of the Office.

"As a society we must ensure older people are not excluded, disadvantaged or left vulnerable in anyway. The issue of establishing an Older People's Commissioner to champion the rights of older people has the support of the Assembly, the Executive and the Committee of the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister." ENDS

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