Age Action has paid tribute to the late Maeve Binchy, who was a generous supporter of the older people’s charity.
“Maeve was always so willing to give Age Action her time, endorse our work and send the occasional encouraging message to staff” Age Action chief executive Robin Webster said. “Even in the latter years when health challenges restricted her mobility, Maeve did photo calls and recorded radio advertisements for Age Action from her dining room table.”
Google and Age Action have once again teamed up to search for Ireland’s top Silver Surfers and highlight the difference technology can make in older people’s lives. The awards were launched today at Google EMEA Headquarters by the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte.
Age Action has warned that if the Government were to adopt some of the proposed cuts suggested by the IMF yesterday, they would seriously undermine key supports which many older people need in order to live with dignity.
Age discrimination continues to be a significant problem in Ireland, with age being the grounds for a substantial proportion of complaints processed by the Equality Authority last year.
Age was the grounds for 23% of complaints under the Equal Status Act processed by the Authority last year, and 17% of cases under the Employment Equality Act, according to the Equality Authority’s Annual Report 2011, published today.