Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan and member of the European Union Affairs Committee, Deputy Joe O’Reilly TD, called for greater support to ensure that our elderly citizens, who wish to remain in their own homes, are able to do so. Speaking at this afternoon’s EU Affairs Committee where Mr David Kitching, Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, was present, the Deputy raised the issue of current policy on Elder Care in Ireland and in wider Europe.

Speaking after the meeting the Deputy said ‘During this week’s EU Affairs Committee point Meeting, I raised the issue of our rapidly increasing aging demographic. It is my belief that it is more beneficial to offer practical assistance to elderly people who wish to continue living at home. I believe, in most cases, that this is the preferred option as it ensures the highest levels of health and independence to the individual and avoids the need for institutionalisation.’

‘The Home Caring profession plays a vital and central role in the lives of the Elderly in Ireland. They provide an average of over 40 hours a week of care, rising to over 80 hours of care, in the cases of highly dependent elderly people. We need to make the profession of Home Caring more financially attractive, ensuring that becomes a career that will appeal to a wider range of people. Many people may then opt out of lower paid jobs, freeing up the jobs market thus ensuring that our elderly can be kept in their own homes, if they so wish’ concluded the Deputy.


Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website