Strategy Development Unit

Field Content
Division: Office for Older People
Unit: Strategy Development Unit
Head: Eileen Kehoe
  • Lead the development of the new National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS)
  • Oversee the disestablishment of the National Council on Ageing and Older People, and ensure the smooth transition of the staff of the Council into the Office for Older People
  • Oversee the implementation of policy on elder abuse, in particular by taking forward recommendations of the review of the 2002 elder abuse policy Protecting our Future.
  • Represent the views of the Department of Health and Children on the Elder Abuse National Implementation Group, and provide the secretariat for the Group
  • Work in partnership with the TILDA Consortium to progress the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), and ensure that satisfactory governance arrangements are in place.
  • Participate in the work of the Sheltered Housing Options Group led by D/EHLG, and chair sub-group to prepare protocol to govern arrangements between care and housing services
  • Provide material for replies to Parliamentary Questions and representations
  • Provide material for speeches, press releases, Ministerial briefings, etc.
Primary Legislation: None
Bodies under aegis of DoHC: None
Key Publications:
  • Protecting our Future: Report of the Working Group on Elder Abuse, September 2002
Working Groups:
  • Cross Departmental Group to prepare a National Positive Ageing Strategy
  • TILDA Funders’ Group
  • Elder Abuse National Implementation Group
Record Classes: Administrative records associated with the disestablishment of the NCAOP; elder abuse; the National Positive Ageing Strategy; sheltered housing; the carers’ strategy; TILDA; speeches; briefings; PQs; Ministerial Representations, etc.
Information Routinely Published: None
Significant Systems:
  • Standard Department databases
Personal Information Holdings: Representations sent in by, or on behalf of, individuals to the Minister may contain personal information.
Purpose: As Above
Disclosees: Department and HSE staff; staff of other Government Departments if representation deals with areas of overlapping responsibility
Notes: including info an admin access practice, Ebriefs etc.: None