I was honoured and delighted to launch a new technology project for the Alone charity at the PorterShed in Galway today.
Alone, which supports older people to age at home, has announced a pilot programme to provide its BConnect technology to 60 older people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
Those taking part in the pilot scheme will have Smart technology in their homes that will allow them to stay in touch with the services they need, self-monitor their health and feel supported and secure.
It is being funded with €169,365 from the Dormant Accounts Fund, which I have responsibility for as Minister of State in the Department for Rural and Community Development.
It is hoped that what is learnt from the pilot project will lead to the BConnect technology being rolled out across the country.
The project is being carried out in partnership with St Vincent de Paul West region and Clúid Housing.
Joining me at the launch was Galway West TD, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sean Kyne.