European Dementia Pledge

The Dementia Pledge is a campaign run by Alzheimer Europe, of which we are a member. Candidates in the European elections were asked to sign the pledge and commit to making dementia a European priority. Read on to see what the pledge states. 

On my election to the European Parliament, I will
  • Join the European Alzheimer’s Alliance comprised of Members of the European Parliament
  • Support greater European collaboration on dementia and ensure dementia is recognised as a priority in the European Union’s public health and research activities 
  • Make myself available to my national Alzheimer’s society and people with dementia from my country
We are delighted that all eleven of Ireland's newly elected Members of the European Parliament signed the pledge. You can see the full list below and read why candidates pledged their support.


Nessa Childers (Independent)

Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein)


Marian Harkin (Independent)

Matt Carthy (Sinn Fein)

Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael)

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan (Independent) 


Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael)

Brian Crowley (Fianna Fail)

Liadh Ni Riada (Sinn Fein)

Sean Kelly (Fine Gael)

Candidate quotes

'Why I signed the Dementia Pledge'

Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP 

"I pledge my full support to ensuring dementia becomes a European and national public health priority...advocating for effective care and best practice throughout the EU are issues that I will continue to strongly pursue. The aim will be to ensure a better quality of life for people with dementia and their carers."

Jim Higgins MEP 

"Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases pose major, long-term health challenges that Europe simply must face head-on...I want to see dementia continue to move higher up the agenda in Brussels... and it has to be a top priority for our health research going forward - my door will always be open on the issue."

Senator Lorraine Higgins 

“I have seen first-hand the impact of people living with Dementia in my own community and I believe it is particularly important that we look at the supports and services available for people with a community level across Europe”.

Nessa Childers, MEP 

"In 2010 I successfully amended the EU Joint Action on Alzheimer's to focus on specific needs of women, who account for twice the amount of people living with dementia, or caring for a family member with dementia.  If I am returned to the European Parliament...I will continue to work to ensure that we improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment and care of this condition across the EU”

Senator Deirdre Clune 

"I am happy to support the development of a dementia strategy both at home and at EU level. As the number of citizens diagnosed with dementia is increasing I am acutely aware of the need to ensure that individuals and their families are supported."

Senator Ronan Mullen 

"We need a new agenda of care for persons with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones...this demands greater awareness from policy-makers and the wider public."   

Mark Dearey 

" is a condition that will require increased resourcing and understanding. I have witnessed just how debilitating the condition is and how support for families who care for those with Alzheimer’s is so critical".

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, TD 

"Support for people living with dementia is essential. It is something that could affect anyone of us... I have no hesitation is signing the dementia pledge. If elected to the European Parliament I will work with you in anyway  I can to further your cause".

TJ Fay 

"I am very pleased to become associated in support and facilitation for continuous improvement in services delivered to those amongst us suffering with Alzheimer's and related conditions of dementia... I will advocate at European Parliament level for continued provision and improved for services in this regard"


Senator Thomas Byrne 

"I am very happy to sign and support the dementia pledge from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and , if I am elected to the European Parliament, I commit to joining the European Alzheimer Alliance".
Cllr Brid Smith 
"As a member and representative of the People before Profit Alliance, a party dedicated to combating social, political and economic inequality it is not surprising that I am unhesitating in my support to your campaign and happy to pledge my support to Alzheimer Europe in the EU Parliament" 

Simon Harris TD

“...dementia is clearly an area in urgent need of attention... I proudly sign the Alzheimer Society of Ireland dementia pledge and if elected as MEP, I aim to work tirelessly on addressing this condition that affects 8 million Europeans” 


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