Limerick County Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins has today accused the Fine Gael-Labour Government of ignoring the needs of Older People by not ensuring Ministerial representation for this important and growing group in Ireland.

“I was very surprised today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Fine Gael-Labour government decided that older people did not deserve ministerial representation.”

“This is a section of Irish society that has given so much to our country. It is also a growing group and deserves continued ministerial representation.”

“I am proud that Fianna Fail in Government recognised that older people had specific needs that deserved ministerial representation and a voice within government.”

“The new coalition government on only its second day in office has dispensed with this important precedent set by Fianna Fail. I believe it is a mistake and one that the Taoiseach and his Government should recognise and rectify at its next cabinet meeting,” concluded Deputy Collins.