RTE’s Ciaran Mullooly to launch the Age Friendly County Initiative

RTE Midlands Correspondent and community activist Ciaran Mullooly will officially launch the Leitrim Age Friendly County Initiative on Tuesday, 29th of January in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon at 11am.

RTE Midlands Correspondent and community activist Ciaran Mullooly will officially launch the Leitrim Age Friendly County Initiative on Tuesday, 29th of January in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon at 11am.

The launch will kick start a county wide consultation and awareness raising exercise which will inform the development of an Age Friendly County Strategic Plan for Leitrim.

The aim of the Leitrim Age Friendly County Initiative is to ensure that all agencies work together to promote and maintain the best possible health and well being of older people and to make County Leitrim itself a great place to grow old in.

The initiative is being spearheaded by a newly established Alliance Board chaired by Leitrim County Manager, Jackie Maguire and has representation at the most senior level from Leitrim County Council, Leitrim County Development Board, Health Service Executive, An Garda Siochána, Leitrim Development Company, County Leitrim Vocational Education Committee, Leitrim County Enterprise Board, National University of Ireland Galway, the Irish Farmers Association and an Older Person’s Representative.

The launch will have guest speakers Professor Eamon O’Shea, of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology NUI, Galway as well as Eva Beirne of the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative who will speak about the way in which Louth has become Age Friendly and in particular the development of its county wide Older People’s Forum and its achievements to date. Catherine Mc Guigan, North East Regional Manager for the National Age Friendly County Programme and Leitrim County Manager and Chair of the Alliance Board Jackie Maguire will also speak at the launch.

On the day a comprehensive consultation of older people and their advocates will take place which will gather vital information on what matters to older people in County Leitrim. This feedback will be used to inform the development of an Age Friendly Strategy for the county.

The purpose of the Leitrim Age Friendly County Initiative is to increase the participation of older people in the social, economic and cultural life of Leitrim for everyone’s benefit, improve the health and well being of older people in the county and show how services and supports for older people can be made more responsive, caring, professional and accessible through imaginative and cost effective partnerships.

The Irish Age Friendly Counties Programme is a national initiative aimed at developing an ‘age friendly county programme’ in all Local Authority areas in the country.

For further information on the event please contact Ann Flynn, Leitrim County Council on 071 96 20005 ext 543.