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Kelly welcomes launch of centre for Ageing Research in Ireland (CARDI)

3 March, 2008


The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is committed to improving the quality of life and public services for our older citizens.

This was among the messages from Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly and Jeffrey Donaldson today at the launch of the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) in Parliament Buildings.

CARDI has been established to encourage collaboration among age researchers and to disseminate research information relevant to an ageing population.

Mr Kelly said:

"We need to ensure that we are doing all we can to help older people, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Executive is committed to addressing the needs of older people here and that is why in December the First Minister and deputy First Minister announced their intention to establish a Commissioner for Older People.

"We should recognise the wealth of skills and experience which older people have, and that we as a society fully avail of the important resources that older people bring, whether in the labour market or in the field of volunteering and service provision.

"But we also need to develop progressive strategies and policies which focus on the barriers and problems faced by older people and, at the heart of this development process, must be an independent, innovative, challenging and robust evidence base.

"That is why the establishment of the Centre for Ageing Research & Development in Ireland is therefore a most welcome and timely development." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:


The Junior Ministers have specific responsibility for older people's issues.

The launch was also attended by Máire Hoctor TD who is Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children in Dublin and has responsibility for Older People's issues.

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