Junior Ministers open the first Pensioners Parliament

Source : Northern Ireland Executive
Published on 08 June 2011 03:00 PM

Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Martina Anderson today opened the first Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

Organised by Age Sector Platform, the Pensioners Parliament is taking place in Belfast over two days on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June 2011 and will enable pensioners from across Northern Ireland to voice their opinions and debate the issues that are important to them in their very own parliament.

Junior Minister Bell encouraged participants by saying: "Today is an ideal opportunity for each of you to make your voice heard – and we as Ministers, are here to assure you that we are interested in your views and your opinion on the issues affecting you the most.

"We wish to ensure that older people in Northern Ireland have the strong voice and protection they deserve and we believe this Parliament is a significant step forward."

Junior Minister Martina Anderson added: "We all need to recognise the huge contribution made by older people here. The Pensioners Parliament provides a means whereby older people and their representatives can come together and consider the issues that affect their lives.

"This is your chance to be heard; to argue, to enter dialogue with politicians and policy makers and others on where our priorities should lie, now and in the coming years."

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