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National Dementia Strategies

Ireland's National Dementia Strategy was launched on 17 December 2014 by Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton and Minister Kathleen Lynch. Gerry Martin, CEO of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, welcomed the publication of the long awaited report and the funding which has been made available for three priority areas- namely intensive home care supports, GP education and training and dementia awareness. Mr Martin described the strategy as just “a first step,” adding that strong leadership was now needed to ensure it delivers for the rising number of people with dementia in this country.

In 2011, the Government announced its commitment, under the Programme for Government, to the development of a National Dementia Strategy by 2013. This represented a pivotal moment for the 48,000 people living with dementia and their 50,000 carers. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland welcomed the opportunity in 2012 to make a submission to the Department of Health in relation to developing a strategy to transform the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them. In 2013, the Department of Health convened a working group to oversee the development of the National Dementia Strategy. The working group was tasked with developing the core elements of the strategy as well as developing an implementation plan based on the priorities set out in the Programme for Government.

The full text of the strategy and a short guide can be downloaded below. There is also a related video at

On 4 February 2016, the research arm of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy was launched, with some EUR 4.5 million in funding for seven new projects. This research will explore topics such as the use of home computer tablets for care management, dementia-friendly hospital design and the links between stroke and dementia.

Strong investment from the Health Research Board and The Atlantic Philanthropies has made it possible to fund these projects which aim to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and those caring for them.

Welcoming the launch, Tina Leonard, head of advocacy at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, said “ongoing investment is needed to ensure this future research talent is supported and to address the long-term sustainability of the partnerships and centres announced today as we are starting from a low base in terms of investment into dementia research,”

There are currently 48,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. This number is set to reach 68,000 by the end of the next government’s lifetime (2016-2021).



Last Updated: Wednesday 27 April 2016