O'Donnell, Marie-Louise

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


United Nations Principles for Older Persons: Motion

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Old age should be multi-generational, but it has become somewhat private. It is the private aspect which I am trying to twist and turn. We need to reverse it. The wisdom of age is somewhat ignor...More Button

  Google explains everything to us. The wisdom of experience is explained through it, not through the experience that goes with a human being’s age. Philip Roth, the novelist, said old ...More Button

  Nursing homes cost five times more than independent living. That brings me back to my point about the fair deal scheme. Did nursing homes really find their route in giving ageing peop...More Button

  We need to develop assisted living as the norm, building it in every village and town. I believe when one is away from home, one has lost one’s freedom, no matter what one’s age. I al...More Button

  Privatisation of home care means that one hour of home care costs €25. At 168 hours a week, that comes to €4,200. In 2026, 16% of the population will be over 65 years. We now have wh...More Button

  There are 36,000 people in nursing homes, equivalent to the population of Sligo town. According to the ALONE report, some 12,000 of them do not need to be there. Up to 12% of elders i...More Button

  We wait for occupational therapists to tell us what we already know. We are not acting like we should in a smart economy but as in a bad economy in terms of bad health. I have just re...More Button

  Almost 2,000 years ago St. John said, “When you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you do not want to go." I rest my case. I am del...More Button

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-----and I want to hear him.More Button

Senators O'Donnell and van Turnhout.More Button

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Only 50%.More Button

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It is great legislation.More Button

The Minister of State is a formidable opponent. I am not surprised colleagues are absent. I do not mean this is an accusatory way, but this is a profound issue and it will be the major issue of t...More Button

  I thank the Minister of State for taking the motion and standing up to much of my contribution because she is right. However, there does not have to be neglect or institutionalisation....More Button

  I was a member of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee, as was Senator Jillian van Turnhout, who seconded the motion. It was amazing. It was the first time I realised that old peo...More Button

  The problem about being old is that people are never old, they are always young. We think of them as old. I oppose the fact that 80% of nursing homes are stand-alone businesses. The ...More Button

  In response to Senator Marc MacSharry, the Government should examine the possibility of providing the fair deal scheme within the home. It might work because the participants could per...More Button

  In some Nordic countries there is an adoption process for older people. I like that extraordinary idea. It works because many couples and individuals are lonely and would be happy to ...More Button

  The issue is not about money. We need to be creative and imaginative with our nursing home structure because we need nursing homes. I have met the most extraordinary people in care in...More Button

  I do not want to end my days in a nursing home and neither does the Minister of State. If I was to write a paper on the reasons, or if she was to talk to me outside about this followin...More Button

  The Minister of State made a good point about having a ministry for primary and social care, for which she made a massive case. She would be good as Minister. If I was in her position...More Button

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015: Committee Stage

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