The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has called for more resources to be made available to fund more services for dementia which it says is urgently needed.

The ASI said the Government's recent Budget ignored the "shameful fact" that people living with dementia in Ireland are being deprived of, what the ASI said, is a basic minimum of care.

The number of people with dementia stands at around 55,000 and that figure is expected to double over the next 20 years.

The society held an 'emergency summit' in Dublin today to highlight its concerns.

An ASI delegation also met politicians in Leinster House.

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Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly said that he realises "the need to provide additional funding for, in particular, increased number of dementia advisors".

The Department of Health is working with the Health Service Executive to prepare the 2019 National Service Plan, he said.

"Pending agreement of the National Service Plan which will be confirmed in the coming days, I am not in a position to comment either on the funding that will be made available for dementia care or the specific services that will be provided," he siad.

"It should also be noted that €4.5m additional dormant account funding was provided for dementia services in July this year, for training programs and outreach centers. I fully accept however that more needs to be done to improve services for dementia patients, and I am working on a program of reform."