Posts Tagged ‘Covid-19’

ALONE raises concerns regarding access to safe public transport for older people

July 6th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has highlighted the significant lack of accessible and safe transport available to older people amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ALONE has received a substantial number of calls to its National Support Line from older people who are now finding it difficult to access transport due to the country beginning to reopen. As older people rely on public transport to attend important medical appointments and collect necessities like groceries and medication, we are now worried for their safety.

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Irish Travel Agents Association respond to Government advice on travel restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

June 30th, 2020

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has again called for clarity from the Government on the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, stating that Ireland is now standing alone in Europe in terms of travel restrictions. The current guidelines have caused confusion for both travel agents and their customers, as the Government has not cancelled flights, but are advising passengers against travelling.

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ALONE responds to formation of Government with a series of asks for older people

June 29th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has responded to the finalised Programme for Government, highlighting a number of issues which have caused concern. The organisation has previously put forward four asks for the incoming government, and believes that these issues must be addressed to improve the quality of life for many older people.

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Click&Go release figures from Travel Attitude Survey 2020

June 25th, 2020

Click&Go, Ireland’s leading online travel agent has released a Travel Attitude Survey, providing valuable information on the top travel trends and destinations for Irish consumers since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. The survey examined responses from over 5,700 Click&Go customers between the ages of 18 and 65.

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Irish Travel Agents Association support the lifting of the non-essential travel ban

June 23rd, 2020

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has welcomed recommendations contained in an interim report from the specially convened Aviation Recovery Taskforce, stating that restrictions on non-essential travel in and out of Ireland should be lifted by July 1st. The ITAA also supports the Taskforce’s suggestion that incoming travellers to Ireland should not be required to self-isolate for a two-week period after they arrive.

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ALONE release Health and Wellbeing plan to support older people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 22nd, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has released a Health and Wellbeing plan, addressing key issues which continue to affect the health and wellbeing of older people across the country as we move into the later stages of the COVID-19 Roadmap.

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Irish Travel Agents Association welcome State guarantee from Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

June 19th, 2020

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) have responded positively to an announcement made today by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, stating that special Covid-19 Refund Credit Notes issued by Irish licensed Travel Agents and Tour Operators will be protected by a State guarantee. This guarantee will protect the cash value of a Refund Credit Note in the event that a Travel Agent or Tour Operator becomes insolvent and goes out of business.

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ALONE responds positively to updated Programme for Government  

June 15th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has responded to the updated Programme for Government document released earlier today. The organisation was pleased to see that the Programme for Government contained significantly more references to older people than previous documents, including policies on the right to home care, the commitment to Sláintecare and positive housing options for older people.

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ALONE calls for protection of our older people on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th, 2020

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people is encouraging members of the public to be conscious of older people in our society who may be experiencing elder abuse or negligence on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The organisation has warned that older people may be more susceptible to elder abuse amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, with many experiencing a loss of independence due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

ALONE has highlighted the fact that many older people are more at risk now as they are seeing people less frequently. Many older people who would have been independent before the COVID-19 outbreak are now relying on others for support and assistance in their day-to-day lives. However, cocooning and social distancing measures have resulted in reduced home care services and other support services for older people, having a detrimental effect on their overall physical and mental wellbeing. There has also been a reduction in older people going into institutions such as hospitals and care homes to receive necessary care.

The organisation is urging members of the public to remain vigilant and to safeguard our older people while also encouraging older people who are suffering from abuse or negligence to reach out and seek help.  As an organisation, ALONE endeavours to support older people experiencing these difficulties and assist them when they need it most.

Seán Moynihan, ALONE CEO, said “There are many different types of abuse of an older person, such as physical abuse, psychological abuse or financial abuse. These may be carried out deliberately, or through negligence. An older person may experience more than one form of abuse at any given time, unfortunately many feel too ashamed to come forward and seek help.”

He continued, “Many older people are at an increased risk of suffering from abuse now as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect older and vulnerable people. Individuals who would have been independent before this crisis now have to rely on people where they didn’t before, and many of these individuals feel that their independence has been stripped away to some extent. We need to address this issue now to prevent it worsening over the coming weeks and months. If you are concerned about an older person, call us on 0818 222 024 or email us at If you have immediate concerns about the safety or welfare of an older person in your life, please contact An Garda Síochána immediately.”

ALONE is also urging any older person who may be experiencing abuse to reach out and ask for support.

“I would like to remind any older person that is struggling at the moment that supports are available to them through ALONE and Local Authorities across the country. This isn’t something that you have to go through alone, our organisation is there to offer support, advice and assistance to those who need it. If you are struggling at all over the coming weeks and months, please do not hesitate to reach out and seek help.” said Moynihan.

Since March, ALONE’s Support Line has received in excess of 23,833 calls for support. ALONE staff and volunteers have made more than 102,753 calls to older people who needed support, and provided more than 15,400 units of practical support, including collecting groceries and prescriptions. ALONE is providing ongoing support to more than 12,616 older people who require support for difficulties with loneliness, health, finance, housing, accessing services, COVID-19 and other challenges.

ALONE is encouraging older people who need advice to call ALONE on, 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week. Contact ALONE on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Further information can be found on


Irish Travel Agents Association support EU plans to fully reopen internal borders on 15 June

June 12th, 2020

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) is calling on the Government and the NPHET to move forward on lifting travel restrictions to allow travel to resume to certain countries within the EU. The ITAA are disappointed that there is no indication of travel restrictions being eased until the 29th of June, despite positive data and metrics from the Chief Medical Officer.

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