Minister Simon Coveney with ASI staff and branch members in Bessboro Day Care Centre, Co. Cork
There are 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. By the end of the next Government, in 2021, that number will have increased by 40%.
A big thank you to all those who supported The Alzheimer Society of Ireland's Vote to Remember campaign during Election 2016.
We're delighted to report that the election manifestos of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, The Labour Party and The Green Party contained references to and commitments on dementia. In Election 2011 just two parties included commitments on dementia in their manifestos so this represents a big step forward. You can read more about each party's current commitments here.
During this campaign over 3,700 campaign supporter packs containing the ASI election manifesto, voter prompt card, candidate pledge cards and campaign stickers were circulated to ASI day care centres, branches, social clubs, Alzheimer Cafés, Dementia Advisers, and to members of the ASI’s Irish Dementia Working Group and Dementia Carers Campaign Network.
Thanks to our supporters, and the work of the ASI grassroots network, approximately 4,600 letters were sent to candidates around Ireland asking them to pledge their support for people living with dementia, and 146 cross-party candidates in 38 out of the 40 constituencies signed our campaign pledge. 45 of these candidates have been elected to the 32nd Dáil.
Those who pledged their support included a number of high profile representatives who have since been re-elected, including Minister Simon Coveney, Minister Heather Humphreys, Deputy Micheál Martin, Deputy Gerry Adams, Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Deputy Brendan Ryan and Deputy Eamon Ryan. You can check whether your local candidates signed our pledge here.
The new Programme for Government was published in May 2016 and states 'We will implement the Irish National Dementia Strategy'. These eight short words have the power to substantially improve the lives of thousands of families living with dementia in Ireland. ASI will continue to work closely with cross-party representatives to ensure this is acheived.
Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (fourth from right), Fianna Fáil candidate, with ASI staff and branch members in Fingal Day Care Centre, Co. DublinMinister Heather Humphreys with ASI staff and branch members in Drumkill Day Care Centre, Co. Monaghan
Fianna Fáil candidates with members of the Irish Dementia Working Group and Dementia Carers Campaign Network