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Wake Up to the Attack on Older People

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Over the next 9 days running up to the presentation of the Finance Bill on November 20th, Equality & Rights Alliance will state why Budget 2009 is an attack on equality and human rights protection under the 9 grounds for discrimination.

Slashing the budgets of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission by 43% and 24% respectively dismantles any semblance of a functioning equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland.

Phyllis Fahey, who was refused a bank account because she was told she was too old, was supported by The Equality Authority to fight age discrimination. She and others will have nowhere to turn next year.

On behalf of older people, we are asking politicians to wake up to the attack on equality and human rights in Budget 2009.

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Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

65 organisations representing over 2 million people

Access Ireland

Age Action

Age and Opportunity

Amnesty International Irish section



Carers Association

Children’s Rights Alliance


Community Platform

Community Workers Co-operative

Doras Bui

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland


Greater Dublin Independent Living

Human Rights Centre, NUIG

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Inclusion Ireland


Integrating Ireland

Irish Association of Advocates

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Nurses Organisation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Traveller Movement

Kilbarrack CDP

Labour LGBT

LIR Anti Racism Training and Education Programme


Methodist Women of Ireland

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre

National Lesbian & Gay Federation

National Collective of Community Women’s Networks

National Traveller Women’s Forum

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland

One Family


Pavee Point

People Before Profit Alliance

Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign



The Wheel



UCD School of Social Justice

Union of Students in Ireland

Women’s Aid

Women Together Network (WTN)

Family Resource Centres National Forum