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“Reality of Elder Abuse must emerge from the shadows,” McGrath



Independent TD Mattie McGrath is set to place a Private Members Bill dealing with the prevention and punishment of Elder Abuse before the Dáil today. Deputy McGrath will initiate the first stage of his Vulnerable Persons Bill 2015 after the Order of Business:

“This is an issue that I have come across time and again down through all the years that I have been a public representative.

We urgently need to have a national conversation around what is in the main an insidious and mostly secretive phenomenon that continues to plague elderly people in this State.

I have been in direct contact with advocacy sections of organisations like Age Action Ireland who are very supportive of the capacity of the PMB to create a space for debate on this matter at Government level.

Primarily the Bill will attempt to codify in law specific instances of elder abuse; particularly financial abuse of the elderly who may lack mental and physical capacity to guard against such abuse occurring.

It is my sincere hope that the Government will recommit to and reprioritise this issue given that the latest data we have demonstrates that from 2007 to 2013 alone there over 13,000 referrals of such abuse recorded and assessed by Senior Case Workers in the HSE.

The elderly are as we know a distinctly vulnerable group. To that extent we must target our legislative and legal resources at shoring up all the defences necessary that will give them greater protection and security of mind,” concluded Deputy McGrath.


2 replies on ““Reality of Elder Abuse must emerge from the shadows,” McGrath”

Thank you for highlighting this abuse. I wrote an article in the Tipp Star some time ago and got many phone calls from friends saying how true it was and thanked me for putting it into the public domain. You are in a good position to affect change and stop this insidious abuse generally done by relatives. Thats what the research say.

Thanks so very much for your efforts in this Mattie. My mom, Dolores Maxwell, died a victim of elder abuse Nov. 28, 2010. When we eventually gained access to her home, what financial paperwork we could find showed very unusual activity in the 2 years following my dad’s death in 2008. My youngest brother withdrew thousands while our mom was unrowsable in CCU in hospital. He ordered a postbox on her credit card for himself using another sibling’s address. My mom was the only one authorised to use her ATM card and credit card. My mom’s solicitors have refused to provide financial records as have Ulster, Allied Irish and Bank of Ireland. My mom suffered a broken shoulder in Aug. 2010, in the sole care of my youngest brother. She was hospitalised in early Sept. 2010 under strange circumstances and the final week before her last hospitalisation are frightening. We need bills like this and more to protect our elderly. Hopefully this is a start for ensuring our elderly are protected. Again, thanks so much for your efforts. For more on my mom’s story check out

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