(FINALIST 2019) Ireland is a world leader in addressing elderly people’s issues and preparing for population ageing.

In April 2019, Ireland became the first country ever to be committed to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Programme on a national scale. Meath County Council has taken the lead in developing Ireland as an Age-Friendly country through its establishment of an Age-Friendly Ireland shared service of local government. This service provides support and guidance to all 31 local authorities in developing their Age-Friendly Programmes. Over the last ten years, every local authority has commited to developing as Age-Friendly counties and cities.

Age-Friendly Ireland works in partnership with the public, private and NGO sectors to prepare Ireland for population ageing and to address elderly people’s issues under the eight themes of the WHO’s Age-Friendly Programme. When funding for this work came to an end, Meath County Council offered to host the Age-Friendly Programme in order to ensure continuity and then bid to host the shared service for Age-Friendly work in Ireland. Ireland’s Age-Friendly Programme is at an advanced stage and well-regarded internationally. The continued support from Meath County Council helps to drive this innovative work.


Wayne Harding

Councillor and Cathaoirleach in Meath County Council