Forty Shades of Grey

Forty Shades of Grey – Commission on Care

Seminar to Plan Submission – 29 February, 2024

The Forty Shades of Grey seminar on Responding to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society and Economy, was attended by invited guests including age sector leaders, academics, HSE chiefs, medics and current and former politicians including iar-Thaoisigh Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny. It was set up to explore perspectives on an ageing Ireland across themes of Society (Dr Jerry Cowley as speaker), Economy (Cliff Taylor), Law (Patricia Rickard-Clarke), Housing (Tom Grey) and Politics (Róisín Shortall TD, Chair Sláintecare Committee).
With thematic discussions moderated by Dr Ann Coyle; and a focused session for facilitated discussion groups to gather up ‘Messages for the Commission on Care’ – the feedback from the event will be prepared for formal submission to the Professor Alan Barrett-chaired independent Commission.

Image of a heart surrounded by two hurls; caption is: A GAA for care

Read Vice Admiral (Retd) Mark Mellett's keynote address: 'A GAA For Care?'

Logo of St Brendan's Village, Mulranny. It features an image of a sailboat.

Read Dr Jerry Cowley's presentation, on the theme of Society, about St Brendan's Village, Mulranny.

Abstract clipping of a graph from Cliff Taylor's presentation on the economy

Read Cliff Taylor's presentation: Ageing and the Economy – Unretirement, Costs and Policy Questions

Read Patricia Rickard-Clarke's presentation: Legal Issues That Need to be Addressed

Read Tom Grey's presentation on the theme of Housing: Living in Each Other's Shelter – Housing Continuum and an 'All-Neighbourhood' Approach to Ageing, Interdependence, and Care

Image shows handshake between a carer and an older man

Read the Forty Shades of Grey event press release: New Framework of Services for Older People Needed

Choice Matters

Choice Matters, published by Sage Advocacy, examines how the “dangerous architecture” on which the current system of care in congregated settings for older people is built, presented major difficulties in responding to the challenges of Covid-19. The report also highlights key long-term care issues in Ireland and provides a policy action framework for an alternative model of long-term support and care, which could be progressed through the Government’s Commission on Care for Older People.

Red C Poll

In planning for the Commission on Care, Sage Advocacy released the results of a RED C poll that set out to gauge public opinion on issues relating to support and care for older people. Click the image to view our infographic summary. The full results are also linked below. logo

The Commission


Professor Alan Barrett


Dr Emer Ahern
Dr Jonathan Cylus
Dr Lucinda Dockeray
Ita Healy
Professor Mary McCarron
Catherine McGuigan
Seán Moynihan
Professor Christopher Nugent
Professor Eamonn O’Shea
Cathy Reynolds
Professor David Smith