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Government must enhance support for stressed carers - Gerry Adams TD

11 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the publication of Family Carers Ireland’s Pre-Budget Submission 2018 “Share the Care”, which is calling on Government to significantly increase funding towards home care and respite for carers and families.

One in twenty people within the state now provide unpaid care each year. By 2030, with projected demographic changes this will require one in five to take on this difficult role. Carers now account for 4.1% of the population within the state.

Family Carers Ireland is calling on government to ensure Budget 2018 ring-fences funding to support carers and their loved ones and provide adequate respite care. They are also calling on government to extend the deadline on its consultation on a statutory right to home care, to allow them input directly into this important process.

Teachta Adams stated:

“I want to commend the crucial role played by carers in my own constituency of Louth, and indeed our wider society. Without their dedication and commitment many of our most vulnerable citizens would face increased difficulties and even greater hardship.”

“Census 2011 showed that we have almost 5,000 family carers in Louth, many providing more than 40 hours of care per week. These families are in the midst of what can only be described as a crisis in provision of respite care”.

“Louth is at crisis point without dedicated respite care for young adults with significant disabilities; there is also a similar crisis with emergency respite services. I understand that a business plan has been submitted to government for such a service, yet families are facing uncertainty and are at their wits end as they wait.”

“Budget 2018 must aim to create an Ireland which delivers a better quality of life, for citizens with disabilities, and for those who provide care for them. We must invest money wisely, support our carers, provide proper services and deliver for those most in need.”

“I will be meeting with Minister Finian Mc Grath this week to raise the concerns expressed by those providing care to their loved ones, and will urge him to address these issues and support our carers.”

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