Social Entrepreneurship Fund will give new lease of life to over 60s – Senator Mary White
Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Rathdown Senator Mary White says that the Fianna Fáil Social Entrepreneurship fund, outlined in the Party’s new document Empowering Older people, will bring a new lease of life to those over 60.
Senator White explained: “Fianna Fáil is committed to setting up a social entrepreneur fund to give seed money to over 60’s with fresh ideas for social entrepreneurship. The aim of the fund is to support older people with experience to introduce new, innovative ideas with real social impact.
“Major strides forward in life expectancy have opened up lots of opportunities for older people to launch new careers. Having built up a wide array of skills through their lives it’s a chance to contribute to their communities and break down the barriers of isolation.
“There are many people in their 60s and 70s who are in the fullness of their health and have a lot more to offer to our society and economy. It makes no sense to force them over the cliff edge into nothingness because of numbers on their birth cert.
“Innovation isn’t based on age. Innovation is about experience and work ethic. When I co-founded Lír Chocolates with Connie Doody, I worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I still work very hard to be innovative in my work as a public representative.”