Fianna Fáil Senator Keith Swanick has welcomed the allocation of €3m to deal with loneliness in older people.

Senator Swanick has been lobbying the Government for action on the findings of the report produced by the Loneliness Taskforce, which had called for the €3 million fund.

Senator Swanick commented, “This morning’s announcement is very welcome for all of us involved in the Loneliness Taskforce and thousands of older people living alone. I have been working closely with Government figures in the build up to today’s announcement to discuss how best we can tackle this problem.

“Our report called for a dedicated fund of €3m to be established. Now this new fund will be in place for groups applying for funding in their efforts to combat loneliness.

“Submissions to the taskforce were predominantly from younger people. I would strongly urge these young professionals and students to draw down funding for their befriending groups and similar initiatives.

“Today is an important step. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Loneliness Taskforce, including Sean Moynihan of ALONE, and pressure the government to ensure all available supports are in place to tackle loneliness in older people,” concluded Deputy Swanick.