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Carers must be given recognition they deserve - Spain

19 April, 2007

Speaking after meeting representatives of The Carers' Association on in Clondalkin, Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West candidate Joanne Spain expressed her admiration for the work undertaken by carers and gave her support to their demands for a fairer deal. Ms Spain met the group with Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe.
"There are 150,000 family carers in Ireland," said Spain, "giving their time, around 3 million hours a week, to provide unpaid care at home for children with severe disabilities, adults with special needs, frail older people and people who are terminally ill. That is the equivalent of 77,000 full-time jobs at a saving of €2 billion a year
to the exchequer.
"There are over 8,000 carers in the South Dublin County Council area. What they want is an increase in the carers' allowance and we are calling for that increase to be in line with the foster care allowance. We also support their demand for the abolition of the means test for receipt of that allowance.
"Anyone who has had to care for a loved one for any period of time knows the hard work that commitment entails. Our carers perform an invaluable service to their families and to society and deserve at the very least to be afforded an allowance that they can live on. They also deserve to be fully recognised for the work they do. Sinn Féin
supports their demands for a fair deal."ENDS.


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