Older people meet TDs

Bray People - - NEWS -

LO­CAL older people got the chance to meet their TDs re­cently to dis­cuss is­sues af­fect­ing their lives and what could be done.

The things con­cern­ing them in­clude cuts to en­ti­tle­ments such as ESB, med­i­cal cards, phone and fuel al­lowances, wa­ter charges and property tax; home help and home­care pro­vi­sion; and use of free travel passes on pri­va­tised bus routes; as well as a pro­posal for a na­tional Char­ter of Rights for Older People.

This was at a ‘Speed Lobby’ event put on by Bray Area Part­ner­ship at the Es­planade Ho­tel. Four groups of over-50s got to talk to each TD for lively 20minute ses­sions. Deputies Billy Tim­mins, Andrew Doyle, Anne Fer­ris and Stephen Don­nelly were at the event.

The groups had been work­ing on their is­sues and ques­tions in the lead-up to the event, led by a group who had taken part in an ac­tive ci­ti­zen­ship pro­gramme.

‘Older people said they felt they were lis­tened to and had their ques­tions an­swered,’ said Eileen Byrnes of Bray Area Part­ner­ship.

Eileen Byrnes of Bray Part­ner­ship, TD Stephen Don­nelly, Linda Uh­le­man, Der­mot Ward, TD Anne Fer­ris and TD Andrew Doyle.

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