MINISTER FOR THE ELDERLY COMMENDS TRIUMPH OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN STORM EMMA

Wednesday March 7th 2018

MINISTER FOR THE ELDERLY COMMENDS TRIUMPH OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN STORM EMMA

 

Minister for the Elderly Jim Daly has said; ‘’Ireland should give itself a collective pat on the back over our collective response to Storm Emma.”

Following on from the aftermath of Storm Emma, Minister Daly said; ‘’Often public discourse can be somewhat angry, and something is only news if someone is attacking somebody.

Storm Emma and our response to it allows us to be proud of Ireland in a manner normally only seen after big sporting events.”
As Minister for the Elderly, obviously I had grave concerns, which gathered some attention, over the issue of care for the aged.

The state, of course, has a responsibility to look after the elderly.
But, a society where people take it upon themselves to look after their neighbours and relatives is a healthier place than one that divests all of its responsibilities to the government.
Minister Daly further said, “The response to Storm Emma indicates we have not lost that impulsive kindness which has always been such a distinctive feature of the Irish character.
The state services, our nurses, doctors, council workers, Gardai and army all rose to the challenges posed by this unique weather event.

This posed serious challenges and some danger to the people involved.
However, the most positive feature of the past week was the way people, without the need for direction or compulsion, went out of their way to check and ensure their older neighbours were all right.

One of the best judges of the health of a society is how we treat and respect the aged.
As a country we went beyond the rule book in ensuring they were secure and well.
On this occasion, even our friends on Twitter acted as a form of community watch.
Of course, the public spirited response of the people does not remove responsibility from the state to ensure the elderly are looked after.

What it does or should illustrate is that our work goes ahead against a back-ground of care, concern and a genuine desire for better services for the aged.
This triumph of community spirit reinforces our work and cause.”
 ENDS