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The Pensioners Parliament is now in session!

Ministers

Around 150 older people from across the province will gather in Belfast today to take part in the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament – the first of its kind here. The Parliament, which will take place over two days, has been organised by Age Sector Platform and will involve older people from every county in Northern Ireland deciding on the main issues of concern for them.

Footage from Belfast Pensioners Parliament

Ministers

Footage from the very first 'local parliament' held in Belfast on Friday 4 March 2011, is now available to view here. The Belfast Parliament took place in Belfast City Hall with around 100 people in attendance.

Many thanks to Northern Visions Television (NvTV) for producing this film.

Fear of crime is major concern for 2 out of 3 older people

Bill Carson

Fear of crime was selected by almost two thirds (64%) of older people across Northern Ireland as a major concern in the recent Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament survey, conducted by Age Sector Platform.  The survey preceded a series of seven Pensioners Parliaments held across Northern Ireland during the last six weeks, through which hundreds of older people made their voice heard.

Final 'local parliament' takes place in County Down

Mayor with Down pensioners

The last 'local parliament' as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in Ballybot House in Newry yesterday with around 50 older people from County Down in attendance.  The event, which was opened by Mayor of Newry and Mourne Councillor Mick Murphy, was the last of seven parliament which have taken place across Northern Ireland.

The Maiden City welcomes the Pensioners Parliament

Mayor with Derry/Londonderry pensioners

The very first County Derry Pensioners Parliament, as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in the Tower Hotel in Londonderry on Friday (8th April) with over 80 older people from the county in attendance. The event, which was opened by Mayor of Derry, Councillor Colum Eastwood, was the penultimate ‘local parliament’ of which five have already taken place across Northern Ireland.

Tyrone pensioners make their voice heard

Tyrone pensioners with Chairman

The very first County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament, as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in Strule Arts Centre in Omagh on Friday with over 60 older people from across the county in attendance.  The event, which was opened by Chairman of Omagh District Council, Councillor Declan McAleer, was the fourth of seven ‘local parliaments’ organised across Northern Ireland.

Our High 5 for Assembly Election

High 5

Age Sector Platform and Age NI join forces to empower older people in the run up to the election on 5 May 2010.

Older People will send a very clear message to all Assembly Candidates over the next 6 weeks saying listen up or pack up your election kit bags.

Armagh pensioners make their voice heard

Mayor with Armagh pensioners

The very first County Armagh Pensioners Parliament, as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in Armagh City Hotel yesterday with over 60 older people from the county in attendance.  The event, which was opened by Mayor of Armagh, Councillor Jim Speers, is the fourth of seven ‘local parliaments’ organised across Northern Ireland during March and April.

County Antrim welcomes Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament

Mayor with Antrim pensioners

The very first County Antrim Pensioners Parliament, as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in Ballymena yesterday with around 80 older people from the county in attendance.  The event, which was opened by Mayor of Ballymena, Councillor Maurice Mills, is the third of seven ‘local parliaments’ due to take place in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament goes to Fermanagh

Council Chairman with Fermanagh pensioners

The very first County Fermanagh Pensioners Parliament, as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, took place in Enniskillen on Friday with over 70 older people from the county in attendance.  The event, which was opened by Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Stephen Huggett, is the second of seven ‘local parliaments’ due to take place in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

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