Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor in Ballymun, Paul McAuliffe has said as the evenings draw in it’s particularly important to check on the health and wellbeing of any elderly person or relative living in the locality over the coming weeks.

McAuliffe who is also the party’s General Election candidate in Dublin North-West said, “Temperatures have dropped, the evenings have shortened and winter is setting in.

“The latest bad spell of weather, Storm Diana will have meant that many of the most vulnerable in our society will not have been able to venture out in poor conditions today to pick up their usual groceries or medications.

“The importance of looking in on our neighbours and elderly relatives to make sure that they have enough fuel and food supplies cannot be underestimated over the next few weeks.

“According to leading charity, ALONE, there are more than 100,000 older people in Ireland who are lonely. Loneliness can be very, very tough on people and especially so over the festive period.

“We can all make time to have a chat over a cup of tea, or make a small gesture such as dropping in the newspaper to remind those in our own communities to never feel isolated.

“There are those too that won’t have a space to call their own or the fuel to keep themselves warm. Our housing crisis transcends the seasons and we must think about those who are dreading the uncertainty of where they will sleep on the frosty nights ahead.

“As we approach Christmas over the next month, it would be in keeping to look out for others and do our best to help in any way possible,” concluded Cllr McAuliffe.