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# carers - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

36 hours alone in a bed without so much as a hot drink: lessons to be learned from Storm Emma

The emergency effort co-ordinated by the NECC was impressive, writes Tom Clonan, but there is still a learning curve in reaching out to all vulnerable people.

# carers - Thursday 22 February, 2018

Thousands of carers didn't receive their weekly payment today

The Department of Social Protection said carers who need financial assistance should contact their local Intreo centre.

# carers - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Carers will be able to visit a GP for free from next year

Carers will be able to visit a GP for free from next year

Additional funding was announced which will allow all carer’s in receipt of Carer’s Allowance to qualify for a GP Visit Card.

# carers - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

'I love her too much to put her in a home': Calls for support after RTÉ doc on the struggles of carers

Almost 200,000 people dedicate their lives caring for loved ones in Ireland.

# carers - Friday 27 October, 2017

HSE boss says care agency that looked after 'Grace' was not treated unfairly

Tony O’Brien was told by one committee member that he is pre-empting the work of the inquiry.

# carers - Thursday 15 June, 2017

There are 79 unemployment blackspots in Ireland, with Limerick worst affected

Meanwhile, the number of women looking after the home or family has continued to decline.

# carers - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Column: 'I imagine guilt is a friend of every carer on this island'

My boys will not have “typical” childhood but they will have very special memories, writes carer Geraldine Renton.

# carers - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'My greatest fear is she will outlive me': Elderly carers in Ireland struggle for help

The 2011 Census found that 24,746 carers in Ireland are over the age of 65.

# carers - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

These wonderful teenagers were honoured today at the Irish Carers of the Year Awards

Carers were described as Ireland’s “forgotten workforce”.

# carers - Sunday 13 November, 2016

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

# carers - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Parents fear son will miss hospital appointments as they can't afford to replace van

Margaret Butler and Michael Power have called for more financial support to be given to carers.

FactCheck: Does the Budget give four times more to "sheep welfare" than home childcare?

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan made the remarkable claim in the Dáil this week. Is it true?

# carers - Friday 21 October, 2016

Know someone with dementia? Here are 5 ways to reach out to them

Anyone can get dementia, but everyone can help by understanding more.

# carers - Saturday 15 October, 2016

'I regret not talking to my mother about her death, don't do the same thing'

The Irish Hospice Foundation wants people to talk about death, dying and grief more openly.

# carers - Saturday 2 July, 2016

Mother fears son won't get respite care until she dies

Nicola Lawless’ 19-year-old son Ben has a severe intellectual disability.

# carers - Sunday 22 May, 2016

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

# carers - Monday 30 November, 2015

These are the 24 biggest issues faced by carers in Ireland

A new report has called for stronger employment rights in the home care industry.

# carers - Wednesday 11 November, 2015

A mother whose children have a rare bone condition has won carer of the year award

A 12-year-old was named young Carer of the Year.

# carers - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

'A carer, what is that?' I am a weight lifter. I am a nurse. I am a specialist. I am exhausted.

I care full-time for my son, who has Hunter Syndrome, as well as being a mother to my other two young boys – yet I am often looked down upon by others.

# carers - Monday 8 June, 2015

What's life like as a young carer? Jamie has cared for his mother since the age of six

Caring for a family member can be a positive experience, but it can also be a strain on a young person’s health, development and happiness.

# carers - Friday 20 February, 2015

Poll: Should 'unhealthy' people be rejected as foster parents? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should 'unhealthy' people be rejected as foster parents?

The Children’s Minister said the obesity of an applicant would have to be considered.

# carers - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'

Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.

# carers - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Caring for a relative with dementia can make you depressed

A new study shows the benefit of learning coping strategies.

# carers - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

Teen with cancer wins award for caring for his sick mother

Jamie Mooney has been caring for his mother since he was a small child.

# carers - Saturday 11 October, 2014

'We had to face facts that maybe our little girl was not going to make it'

LauraLynn palliative carers are looking after 40 families, who say the HSE respite could be organised a lot quicker.

# carers - Thursday 3 July, 2014

What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland?

The Health Committee will meet with representatives from the National Infertility Support and Information Group, but what else is happening in Leinster House today?

# carers - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

We're worth €4 billion and we want action on water charges & respite payments --- Carers

Carers provide services worth the equivalent of one third of the annual cost of the HSE, they say. Here’s what they want to happen in this October’s Budget…

# carers - Monday 16 June, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait

The average processing time of an appeal is six months.

# carers - Sunday 15 June, 2014

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

# carers - Monday 9 June, 2014

Survey shows 4 in 5 carers badly impacted by cuts in recent years

This week is National Carers Week.

# carers - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Legalising cannabis, tackling reckless lending and bad roads

…and that’s just in one committee meeting. Here’s everything happening in Leinster House today.

# carers - Monday 10 March, 2014

People with serious illnesses asked to share their experience of palliative care

The qualitative survey aims to improve policy and services across the country.

# carers - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Childminders warn new tax rules will force more into the black economy

Early Childhood Ireland said the move by Revenue may not be in the best interests of children.

Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.

# carers - Monday 24 February, 2014

Some care staff are working seven 'sleepover' shifts a fortnight say unions

SIPTU and IMPACT have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.

# carers - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer

A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.

# carers - Monday 14 October, 2013

Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected

Reports over the weekend suggested that some cuts to packages for family carers could be in tomorrow’s Budget, but carers say that would be the wrong move.

# carers - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Delayed discharges "cost the HSE €540,000 a night"

A report by a body representing private care givers has found that the government could save €2 billion over the next nine years if outsourcing and competitive tendering were policy.

# carers - Friday 14 December, 2012

Column: Why am I made to feel like a scrounger?

Lisa Domican is an award-winning entrepreneur, and also a carer to two autistic teenagers. It’s clear which the Government values more, she writes.

# carers - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Pictures: 300 carers picket Leinster House over Budget cuts Carers This post contains images

Pictures: 300 carers picket Leinster House over Budget cuts

The Carers Association said they will continue to keep the pressure on the government because carers cannot afford the cuts.

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