New chairman of Louth County Council Finnan McCoy collects major national award for the county

Councillor McCoy was in Dublin Castle to collect a specail public service excellence award from Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Councillor McCoy was in Dublin Castle to collect a specail public service excellence award from Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Ardee was the first town in the country to be made an Age-Friendly town and Louth is the only local authority outside of the Dublin area to be selected for this honour.

“I feel this award is recognition for the efforts made by the people of Louth who have helped make the county a place where senior citizens are fully recognised and catered for,” Cllr McCoy said.

“Louth’s pioneering Age Friendly programme is supported and promoted through the Louth Older People’s Forum. This forum includes active retirement groups, advocacy groups for older people, nursing homes and day care and individuals.

“The programme designed for Ardee puts our older citizens at the centre of any decision making on in the community. Intergenerational programmes and the drop in centres called the Parlour in the Age Friendly Initiative were programmes that impressed the judging panel. “These programmes are delivered by volunteers at the front line in response to the needs of older people and at last received the recognition for their great work under the Age Friendly brand.

“This award recognises Louth and especially Ardee as pioneers in putting our senior citizens first and I am absolutely delighted to accept this award on behalf of all the people in Louth who have contributed to the success of our pioneering Age Friendly initiative.

“The awards are organised to make better use of resources, through flexibility, teamworking, and cross-organisational co-operation,” Cllr McCoy said.