Taoiseach Celebrates His 64th Birthday at Conference on Older People


The CIE Male Voice Choir sang the Beatles' song 'When I'm 64" to the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny this morning  [Thursday morning at 9.30am] at the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) Conference at the National Convention Centre in Dublin.

The Taoiseach turns 64 tomorrow [Friday, April 24th]. Opening the conference, Mr Kenny  told over 1,200 international delegates that Ireland is now the global hub for manufacturing artificial hips and other medical devices as well as being the European centre for nine to the top ten pharmaceutical companies.

He added that Ireland had secured  employment and exports by concentrating on  products and services  to benefit the steadily growing  international reserve of older people. Most babies born in Europe this year have a very good prospect of living past the 100th birthday, the Taoiseach  said,

An ageing population is one of the success stories of modern society. Medical advances, improved diet and living conditions and better healthcare have resulted in the rapid growth of older people. Worldwide, some one million people pass the sixty-year-old threshold every month.

By 2041, nearly one-quarter of Ireland’s population will be over 65 years old. We are celebrating this trend with Europe’s biggest congress on ageing being held in Dublin this week (April 23-26) at the Conference Centre in Dublin. Themed on ‘Unlocking the Demographic Dividend’, this is the largest meeting on ageing in Europe in this decade and the world's biggest in 2015.

Over 1,260 research submissions from 58 countries will be presented while 30 top-level specialists on gerontology and geriatrics will give key-note addresses over the four days. The event is hosted by the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) which was founded in 1951, making it one of the earliest specialist groups researching ageing and promoting positive health in the world.


For further in formation please contact: 

Mo Flynn, (IGS President) at Tel: + 353 (0)86-604.0308,  e-mail: president@irishgerontology.com
Des O’Neill, (Chair IAGG-ER 8th Congress Local Organising Committee) at Tel: + 353 (0)86-826.0414,      e-mail: doneill@tcd.ie

Photograph: Prof. J. Bernard Walsh, Prof. Des O' Neill (Chair, Local Organising Committee), An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ms. Mo Flynn IGS President, Prof Vladimir Khavinson (President IAGG-ER), Prof. Heung Bong Cha (President IAGG)