Former county council chairperson Cllr John Crosse pledged South Tipperary’s commitment to making local communities more age-friendly bu signing the historic Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe, 2013.
This was one of Cllr Crosse’s final acts as chairperson before Fine Gael’s Cllr Jimmy O’Brien was elected last week.
The signing ceremony was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó’Muirí and Cllr Crosse was among 22 Irish mayors, deputy mayors and cathaoirligh who signed the declaration. Representatives from other European countries including Croatia, France, Slovenia, Spain, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, the UK, Hungary and Austria also came to Dublin to sign the Declaration. The Dublin Declaration expresses the clear and strong commitment of political leaders to make their communities more age-friendly and commits signatories to undertake a continuous cycle of improvement through a planning process supported by participation in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age Friendly Cities. To date, sixteen of out of thirty four Irish local authorities are already fully operating the Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, a further four are ready to begin, nine are in advanced discussions, while the remaining five will be progressed over the next six months.
The signing of the Declaration was a key event of the EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing which took place in Dublin last month and was jointly organised by the Ageing Well Network and the Global Coalition on Ageing.