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Written Answers - National Positive Ageing Strategy

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 13.  Deputy Seamus Kirk Information on Seamus Kirk Zoom on Seamus Kirk  asked the Minister for Health Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly  when the National Positive Aging Strategy will be published; the funding provided for the strategy this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16475/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Information on Kathleen Lynch Zoom on Kathleen Lynch The Programme for Government has committed to completing and implementing the National Positive Ageing Strategy so that older people are recognised, supported and enabled to live independent full lives.

The Strategy will set the strategic direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland. It will set out a common framework for the development of operational plans by a number of Government Departments which will clearly set out each Department’s objectives relating to older people. Mechanisms designed to monitor the implementation of measures contained in operational plans will also be included in the Strategy. However, I do not envisage that the Strategy will propose new service developments. Rather it will set the strategic direction for future policies, programmes and services for older people in Ireland.

A considerable amount of preparatory work has already been completed. The drafting of the Strategy will proceed within the Department within the constraints of available staff and other priorities. At this stage I envisage the Strategy will be completed and published as soon as possible within these constraints.


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