Citizens' Assembly will Meet for Additional Weekend on Topic of Ageing



Wednesday 17th May 2017: The Citizens’ Assembly (the Assembly) has agreed to meet for an additional weekend on the second topic it is tasked with considering ‘How we respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’.  The Assembly will now meet on the 10th and 11th of June and the 8th and 9th of July . This follows  a recommendation by the Chair of the Assembly Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy that an additional weekend would be required to allow full consideration of the topic.


The final date for submissions on the topic is Friday 19th of May and Justice Laffoy is urging members of the public, representative groups and citizen organisations to make a submission to the Assembly on the topic. Following consideration of the topic the conclusions and recommendations of the Assembly members will form the basis of a report submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas for further debate.


Justice Laffoy said “Ireland’s ageing population brings implications for policy, service delivery, and long-term planning in diverse areas such as health, long-term care, independence, participation, and inclusion.  As the Secretariat and I began to develop the work programme for the June weekend meeting we concluded that an additional weekend would be necessary to give this topic due consideration. I am confident that this will be to the absolute benefit of the members and ultimately to the quality of the recommendations they will be asked to make. Once more I will commend the work ethic of the Assembly members who give their time freely in the service of deliberative democracy.


“I would also encourage people across the country both young and old, to make a submission on the topic and share with the members their views. Submissions can be made online or by post and the submissions will play a key role in helping develop the work programme on the topic and can ultimately shape the recommendations being made by the members to the Houses of Oireachtas.”


All documents received by the Assembly secretariat may be listed on the website, in order of date received and displayed with a name/name of organisation, and the title of the submission.

Submissions can be made online at  or by post to Citizens Assembly, 16 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, to arrive no later than 19th of May 2017.

The Assembly met for five weekends on the topic of the Eighth Amendment. The recommendations of the members will form the basis of a report due to be submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas in  June 2017.

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Notes to Editor

The Assembly is a body comprising the Chairperson and 99 citizens, randomly selected to be broadly representative of the Irish electorate, established to consider some of the most important issues facing Ireland’s future. The Assembly members will deliberate the topics as outlined in the Resolution approving its establishment, and any other matters that may be referred to it. Their conclusions on each topic will form the basis of individual reports and recommendations that will be submitted to the Houses of the Oireachtas for further debate by our elected representatives.