Approx. 50 TD’s Senators attended the information briefing throughout the day. Minister Jim Daly, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People spoke at the event. He outlined the importance of Meals on Wheels Services across the country and he is pushing for this service to be delivered the length and breadth of the country. He answered questions and listened to issues from groups who provide various services to older people in the community.
The information day, allowed members of the oireachtas to drop in at time that suited them and chat about the issues but also the opportunities in rural areas and about some of the services, such as Meals on Wheels, Rural Transport – Local Link and Community education services as well as services for women. It also gave an overview of the various projects and programmes IRL are involved in and delivering as well as EU Projects
Some of the groups in attendance were Local Link representatives, Flexibus – Local Link Meath, Louth and Fingal, Longford Women’s Link, Africa Caribbean Diaspora Centre, Community Wetlands Forum and Meals on Wheels Network.
Minister Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment also dropped by and spoke with Mary Keyes – Coordinator of Getting Citizens Online and IT Skills for Farmers computer programmes.