Elderly people should have a prescribed right to security in their own home, a guaranteed income and access to necessary services.
That’s according to Kevin O’Connor and James Hussey of Tralee-based Cumann Iosaef, who led a deputation on the issue of elder rights to Kerry County Council.
Mr O’Connor and Mr Hussey were seeking endorsement from councillors on a charter to protect the rights of the vulnerable and the elderly.
Mr Hussey, of not-for-profit registered charity Cumann Iosaef, said some elderly people he encountered living alone are in dire straits.
He said prescribed rights for the elderly and vulnerable need to be enshrined as some older people may not actively seek help for themselves.
Mr O’Connor cited the tragic case of two elderly sisters woman living unassisted in a house.
Both women had been living in poor conditions – one sister later died.
Mr O’Connor said decisions governed by economic policy alone had failed many and called on the council to support the charter.
Fianna Fáil councillor Norma Foley proposed the charter be circulated to all local authorities – describing it as a “simple ask” which provided a “voice for the voiceless”.
Cllr Foley’s proposal was seconded by Fine Gael councillor Aoife Thornton.
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