Sean Moynihan

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“We are always looking for new volunteers across the country, and often we need volunteers faster than we can find them,” says Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE. Photograph: iStock

This summer, The Irish Times will offer tips, advice and information for parents on how to help their children thrive during the holiday mon(...)

Alone Volunteer Michael Lochrin delivering a Christmas dinner to Alone Older person Michael McCarthey at Willie Birmingham Place, Kilmainham on Christmas Day 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Avid Shamrock Rovers fan Michael McCarthy (71) was among the 700 people who received a dinner from Alone, the charity for older people, on Christmas D(...)

Eileen Murphy, resident of The Iveagh Trust and Michael McCarthy resident of Willie Bermingham Place at the launch of Dublin City Council and Alone’s Cold Weather Campaign, urging members of the public to check in on older people in the community during the winter months. Photograph: / The Irish Times

The pandemic brought out “the best” in services to support older people in their homes and this momentum cannot be lost, chief executive of the Alone (...)

Left to right: Service user Don Johnson with Alone Christmas ambassador Kathryn Thomas and Sean Moynihan CEO of Alone at the launch of service’s Christmas Campaign in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Older peoples’ charity Alone has received 37,000 calls to its national support line since the Covid-19 pandemic reached the State. The organisation s(...)

Each year Benefacts releases data scrutinising the finances of more than 10,000 non-profits including charities. Photograph: iStock

Benefacts, the data analytics company that assesses the state of Ireland’s non-profit sector, is facing closure due to question marks over the future (...)

Advocacy groups have responded to the new measures for the over 70s. Photograph: Getty

The limited nature of new restrictions for older people have been welcomed by advocacy groups, although the organisations criticise what they say is a(...)

“I think one of the things that the Irish State gave support to later in life such as free travel, TV licences, telephone, those sort of things, could extend to digital communication.” File photograph: Getty

Experts in geriatric health have called for a State subsidy and provisions to close the “digital divide” among older people after a UK study found fre(...)

‘The biggest risk is that of some over-75s becoming  so dependent on the safety of their own homes that emerging to reintegrate with society becomes more difficult.’ Photograph: iStock

As the rules around Covid-19 cocooning have eased, the route back to a semblance of normality hasn’t been a straight one. Among some older people, in(...)

“We are encouraging any older person who is struggling with their mental wellbeing at this time to get in touch with us,” said Alone chief executive Seán Moynihan. File photograph: Getty

More than 16,000 phone calls have been made to a support line for older people launched in March as concerns mount over the mental health effects of “(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaking to Alone chief executive Sean Moynihan. Photograph: Tom Honan

A helpline for older people has seen a “significant increase” in suicidal ideation among callers in the past 10 days, the charity behind the service h(...)

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