Sean Moynihan

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Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly secured the funding, separate from the HSE’s mental health budget, for community-based projects.Photograph: Eric Luke

A €3 million mental health fund to be launched next month will grant aid community organisations to help combat loneliness. Minister of State for Men(...)

Alone service user Tony McCarthy and volunteer Kathleen Foster with publican Deirdre Devitt. Dublin publicans raised over €200,000 to mark the bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association  for Alone’s befriending services. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) must be one of the dullest concepts in the grey, brain-deadening lexicon of business gibberish. Why would you w(...)

“He had done nothing wrong; he has worked all his life.” Photograph: iStock

A 71-year-old man who was being put out of his home has been given a council apartment. The pensioner was due to enter temporary accommodation f(...)

“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political.” Illustration: artfromthefringe/Getty Images

There is a condition that is twice as deadly as obesity and more dangerous than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is a sneaky, capricious beast that can(...)

“The fear of crime is heightened for older people,” says Seán Moynihan, chief executive of Alone. “Garda presence provides the reassurance that there is somebody there if something happens . . . that assurance some people will think will be missing tomorrow.”

Organisations that care for Ireland’s elderly have advised older people to stay well-connected, but not alarmed on Friday during the Garda strike act(...)

A damaging cycle of scandals relating to charities must come to an end, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A damaging cycle of scandals relating to charities must come to an end, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. Alluding to the controvers(...)

The ‘Housing and Ireland’s Older Population’ report found scope for  alleviating the housing shortage by incentivising older people to move out of houses that were too big for their needs

Elder-rights groups have criticised an ESRI report on Housing and Ireland’s Older Population, claiming it is “punishing older people” for a lack of so(...)

Irish people are most afraid of worsening health and having no money as they grow older, according to a new survey by Alone. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish people are most afraid of worsening health and having no money as they grow older, according to a new survey released on Thursday. The Alone o(...)

The number of older people contacting Alone who are worried about housing has risen from 29 per cent in 2010 to more than 50 per cent last year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Half of all calls Alone received in 2014 were related to homelessness or housing, the charity has said. The principal cause of distress for elderly p(...)

Barbara at home in Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Why do I light candles?” says Barbara. “I didn’t light them because you were coming. I light candles all the time, because when I look around I se(...)

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