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Sinn Féin sets out charter for senior citizens

30 October, 2003


Sinn Féin Foyle Assembly candidate Mary Nelis speaking at the launch of the party's Charter for Senior Citizens has pledged that Sinn Féin will support and actively pursue the political and legislative changes necessary to establish a decent standard of living, full access to services and the right of senior citizens to fully participate in the life of their community.

Mrs Nelis said:

"In putting forward our Charter for Senior Citizens, Sinn Féin pledges that we will support and actively pursue the political and legislative changes necessary to establish a decent standard of living, full access to services and the right of senior citizens to fully participate in the life of their community.

"Poverty should have no place in our society yet the incomes of many senior citizens are falling radically behind that of the community as a whole. Our senior citizens, are living on inadequate pensions and struggling with spiralling costs of living.

"After a lifetime contribution to our society through their taxes, rates, national insurance contributions and voluntary work in their communities we must ask if the standard of living provided for our senior citizens meets their needs and reflects these contributions. Society must question how governments, who have benefited from these contributions, have repaid them.

"But we need to action and commitments across a broad range of policy areas. Action that supports community initiatives that challenge the violence of those who target our senior citizens and we need to support senior citizens in realising their vital role in our communities - we are all the losers without their contribution."ENDS

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