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Interim Advocate for older people announced

4 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly has announced that an interim advocate for older people will be in place here within a matter of months.

Speaking at the launch of Age Concerns Public Policy Review Document the two Junior Ministers said that the post was due to be advertised in coming weeks and it was hoped that an appointment would be made as soon as possible.

Speaking at the event which was held in the Long Gallery Minister Kelly said:

"In December the First Minister and deputy First Minister announced their intention to appoint an Older Peoples' Commissioner. This appointment requires legislation to be put in place so to cover the interim period it has been decided to appoint an advocate for older people. We expect to advertise the post shortly."

During the course of the launch Ministers said they were actively involved in ensuring the Programme for Government delivers a strong independent voice for Older People.

Welcoming the Review document Minister Kelly said:

"The new administration faces quite significant challenges in the years ahead and not least how we ensure that our public services are fit for purpose and that they are delivered to best effect for all our citizens including older people." ENDS

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