Minister Fergus O’Dowd has congradulated everyone involved in the Louth Age Friendly County initiative

Earlier in the week Louth was awarded the Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award for their work

Earlier in the week Louth was awarded the Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award for their work

“Sharing the Journey is an innovative project which has made Louth an age friendly county and is establishing it as a great place to grow old,” said Minister O’Dowd.

“The importance of this award, and the recognition that it gives to the fantastic collaborative work done throughout the county on the age friendly initiative cannot be underestimated.

“The age friendly strategy in Louth has been based on partnership, participation and innovation.

“Louth was Ireland’s first age friendly county and has been recognised by the World Health Organisation in leading the way in developments of community co-operation since.

“We are a county of firsts in this respect, and have much to be proud of in this, the European Year of Intergenerational Co-operation.

“We have a living lab of 1,000 dwellings which cooperate in developing better services for older people.

“We have led the way with the Good Morning Drogheda initiative, the care and repair programme and the innovative Cultacha programme in Dundalk, with specially-trained advocates for older people.

“The Men’s Sheds are up and running and making a tremendous difference in Drogheda and Dundalk, and Ardee is set to be Ireland’s first age friendly town.

“All of this happens thanks to the input of the relevant stakeholders and the Louth Older People’s Forum.

“There is no doubt that as the population continues to age, we need to find new approaches to person-centred ageing.

“I have a deep interest in the subject of ageing well, and recently, I took great pleasure in launching the I Say No To Ageism week.”

The Public Service Excellence Awards are held every two years to recognise innovation and best practice in public service administration and service delivery, and to share ideas across Public Service