North West older people attend age discrimination seminar

The existence of age discrimination in Northern Ireland was the basis of a research seminar in the Magee campus of the University of Ulster last week.  The seminar, hosted by Age Sector Platform, presented research by Professor Brice Dickson and Lisa Glennon from School of Law, Queen’s University, from their report entitled, ‘Making older people equal: how to reform the law on access to services’.

Bill Carson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, welcomed older people from across the North West and those with an interest in the age sector to the seminar.

60+ smartpass: Not the finish line for older campaigners

Age Sector Platform welcomes the long-awaited introduction of the 60+ smartpass, enabling those aged 60 to 64 to avail of free public transport in Northern Ireland. This comes after today’s launch of the extended smartpass scheme by Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy.

Francis Hughes, Transport spokesperson for Age Sector Platform, commented: “The launch of the 60+ smartpass is a positive step and will allow many older people across Northern Ireland to become more independent and active in society. For many of our members, this launch signifies the finish line after several years of effective campaigning for this amendment to the scheme. However, we are not yet finished when it comes to fighting for better transport for older people.”