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Sinn Féin MEPs calling on support for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland

2 December, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Speaking in Brussels today after meeting with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, said that it is crucial that there is the political will from the Fine Gael/Labour Government to implement crucial supports for dementia sufferers and their families, people who have been totally left down because of the harsh austerity policies implemented by them.

 All four Sinn Féin MEPs, Martina Anderson, Matt Carthy and Lynn Boylan as well as Ní Riada have signed the dementia pledge, promising to work to ensure that dementia is made a European Priority. 

 Speaking from the Parliament, Ní Riada said;

 "I never realised until having spoken to representatives from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland that dementia is such a rapidly rising condition in Ireland. In my own constituency of Ireland South, 15,944 people suffer with this awfully tragic disease. When you include the number of families affected by this, that figure is much higher.  Apparently for every one person with the condition at least three others are significantly affected.

 "My Sinn Féin colleagues and I will actively work to raise awareness of this condition and push for an All-Ireland strategy to be implemented. Continued funding is of key importance to proper care and to ensure that communities, carers and health professionals alike are being supported in delivering timely responses and continued care to dementia patients."

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