Thursday, 19 November 2020
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Patricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
Page 51 of the programme for Government sets out an objective: "Task local authorities to work with ... [various stakeholders] and Age Friendly Ireland on the development/redevelopment of older-person housing." Every effort must be made to ensure that older people live in their communities for as long as possible. I am thinking of my 90-year-old uncle and his wife, who live independently in the town of Portarlington in County Laois. There are many others who would love to live in their communities and we must consider their needs when planning housing developments and devising county development plans. It cannot be a case of out of sight, out of mind. What discussions have taken place with local authorities to advance the cause of public and affordable homes for our older people?