Louth was centre stage at the signing of the historic Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities in Europe this week.
County Council Cathaoirleach Finnan McCoy finished his term of office in the same way as he started it – by marking a major milestone for Ireland’s first age-friendly county as he was one of the signatories of the declaration.
And Rodd Bond, Director of the Netwell Centre at DkIT, was one of the architects of the Dublin Declaration itself – a document signed by 70 cities that will point the way forward for the development of age-friendly policies worldwide.
Louth is seen as one of the age-friendly drivers in Europe and Louth Age Friendly County, The Netwell Centre and Casala all had a strong presence at the summit.
Cllr McCoy signed the international declaration at the historic King’s Inns almost a year after he accepted the Taoiseach’s Award at Dublin Castle on behalf of the county.
“Louth has led the way in the development of age-friendly places in Ireland, and I am delighted that almost my first and last official acts as chairman were to recognise that achievement on a national and European stage,” said Cllr McCoy.
“Much of the ground work on the Dublin Declaration was done through Rodd Bond and the Netwell Centre.
“The age-friendly research and development that is being carried out in Louth puts us to the forefront in Europe, something that needs to be recognised and fostered.
“Not only was Louth Ireland’s first age-friendly county, but Ardee is set to be named as the country’s first age-friendly town, and will follow the guidelines agreed under the Dublin Declaration.”