Future Policies: Older People, Children & Families & Persons with Disabilities A Lifecourse Institute Election Event
Thursday 17 Feb 2011
It begins at 8pm in the main lecture theatre Aras Moyola, North Campus.
There is no fee for this event. Please register online to confirm your attendance.
The Lifecourse Institute (LCI) at NUI Galway will host a pre-election debate entitled Future Policies: Older People, Children and Families, and Persons with Disabilities. The event, to be held in Aras Moyola on the North Campus of NUI Galway, will take place on Thursday 17 February at 8pm. The organisers of this event have invited the election candidates from the main political parties to set out their future policy plans for older people, children and families, and persons with disabilities. Each of these policy areas is central to the work of the LCI.
Representing the political parties are Fidelma Healy Eames (Fine Gael); Derek Nolan (Labour); Niall O’Brochlain (Green); Trevor O’Clochartaigh (Sinn Féin); and Eamon O’Cuiv (Fianna Fáil). Lorna Siggins, Western Correspondent at the Irish Times Newspaper will chair the proceedings. Donncha O’Connell, of the School of Law at NUI Galway, will act as Rapporteur. Each of the representatives will have the opportunity to outline their party position, followed by a question and answer session with representatives from a range of community groups and members of the public.
Professor Pat Dolan, Academic Director of the Lifecourse Institute, said “the event will provide an opportunity for the stakeholder groups to engage in a discussion with the political parties on the proposed policies which are directly relevant to them. Scrutinising party policies in relation to children and families, persons with disabilities and older people is critically important, particularly in a time of limited resources.”
The Lifecourse Institute comprises a multidisciplinary facility which is intended to integrate and enhance the work of three existing centres at NUI Galway, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, the Child and Family Research Centre, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology. The aim of the Lifecourse Institute is to impact positively on future policies for children and families, persons with disabilities and older people through advancing an integrated approach to research, policy and services. Each of the three centres already makes an important contribution to its respective field in Ireland and internationally. The Lifecourse Institute will add value to this existing work through collaboration - while retaining each centre’s distinct identity. The Institute is funded through philanthropic donations and in collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and anyone wishing to attend must register online – when registering please notify us if you have any special requirements.