Survey: Family comes first for most

Over 90% of people consider family the most important thing in life, a survey revealed today.

Just a small minority of those quizzed felt friends or financial security was paramount in their lives.

Meanwhile, almost 57% of people confirmed they see their immediate family every day, with a quarter meeting up once a week.

Around 450 people on family website rollercoaster.ie took part in the survey which launched the first Family Show, to be staged in Dublin’s RDS next month.

The two-day event, which opens on Friday June 13, will feature a host of activities for mums, dads and children aged up to 16.

Organisers said that more importantly, the Family Show will be an opportunity for the family to spend the day together, taking in all they need to know on the a to z of family life.

“Irish families need more quality time together and more disposable income,” said a spokeswoman.

“When asked to cherry-pick something to make family life easier, a massive 36% of respondents opted for more quality family time, while 30% opted for higher disposable income as desirable to make family life easier.

“Families did not seem as concerned about the healthcare support or the amount of time they spend in traffic. Surprisingly, just 5% opted for a better healthcare system and only 7% opted for less daily travel.”

Organisers believe the event – which will feature a range of sporting, arts and interactive science games – will open parents’ and youngsters’ eyes to new and exciting opportunities.

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