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Junior Minister launches public consultation on Older People’s Commissioner

1 October, 2009 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly today (Oct 1st) launched the public consultation on the Older People’s Commissioner.

The Minister hosted an event for older people in the Everglades Hotel to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older People.

The Executives Programme for Government includes a commitment to deliver a strong independent voice for older people.

Minister Kelly added:

“The launch of the consultation today is very appropriate as it is Older People's Day and this is Age Awareness Week with the theme this year being Representation. The Executive recognises the importance of ensuring that the views of our older people are represented.

“The Older People’s Commissioner will have a role in promoting and safeguarding interests, advancing equality, challenging discrimination and empowering and enabling the voice of older people.“We want the views of older people heard through this consultation so we can ensure the Commissioner, once in place, meets the needs of the people that he or she will represent and champion.” ENDS

Notes to editors:

The consultation is in the form of a draft Bill with detailed explanatory notes together with a consultation document. It is available from the OFMDFM website at

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