Report reveals how many of 355,000 family carers in Ireland's deal with abusive behaviour

Report reveals how many of 355,000 family carers in Ireland's deal with abusive behaviour

The report from Family Carers Ireland that supports 355,000 family carers shines a light on a hidden aspect of care-giving seldom discussed.

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Protest over carers' crisis: 'I don't feel I'm allowed be a parent to all three of my children'

Protest over carers' crisis: 'I don't feel I'm allowed be a parent to all three of my children'

Brigid Flanagan is a family carer but she also wants to be a mother to her three children, something that is impossible because of her youngest child's severe health problems.

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Family carer's group calls for budget increase to tackle 'postcode lottery'

Family carer's group calls for budget increase to tackle 'postcode lottery'

Family Carer's Ireland are renewing their call for a €110 million increase in the home supports budget in Budget 2020.

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70% increase in number of carers diagnosed with depression in last 10 years

70% increase in number of carers diagnosed with depression in last 10 years

The figure is one of the findings from research carried out by Family Carers Ireland, ahead of its pre-Budget submission today.

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Carers saving Government €10bn every year, says group

Carers saving Government €10bn every year, says group

Carers in Ireland are saving the State up to €10bn annually, according to Family Carers Ireland, which holds its national fundraising event today.

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Learning Points: Compassion and care is only fair – for everyone

Learning Points: Compassion and care is only fair – for everyone

One of the most challenging and rewarding occupations is care-giving.

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Care groups 'coerced' into hiding true service costs, committee told

Care groups 'coerced' into hiding true service costs, committee told

Cash-strapped organisations providing care to thousands of people with disabilities are being “coerced” into hiding the true cost of delivering services, the Oireachtas health committee has been told.

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'Recognise my role as a carer': Mother who gets just four hours sleep a night tells govt

'Recognise my role as a carer': Mother who gets just four hours sleep a night tells govt

A Meath mum who survives on just four hours sleep a night as she provides 24-hour care for her daughter has called for reforms in the next budget to recognise the roles of full-time parent carers.

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Concern over care allowance review plan

Concern over care allowance review plan

An online organisation which has more than 22,000 members has said it is “concerned” about Department of Social Protection plans to recommence reviews of the Domiciliary Care Allowance.

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We just need a little more support:  Ireland's hidden army of carers are honoured

We just need a little more support: Ireland's hidden army of carers are honoured

Harry, 13, and Molly Flynn, 11, are the best big brother and sister in the country - they helped their younger sister Isabelle, aged seven, who was told she would never walk, to not only crawl, but to dance too. The pair has also saved their sister's life a number of times.

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Cork mother named 2018 Carer of the Year

Cork mother named 2018 Carer of the Year

Brenda O’Connell Barry from Charleville in Cork cares for her 4-year-old son Fionn who suffers from NACC1.

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Cork Carer of the Year: We have to fundraise to provide whatever our sick son needs

Cork Carer of the Year: We have to fundraise to provide whatever our sick son needs

Cork CarePlus Carer of the Year Brenda O’Connell-Barry looks after her son Fionn, who has an extremely rare illness.

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Minister's call for overhaul of care for the elderly welcomed

Minister's call for overhaul of care for the elderly welcomed

Nursing home providers have welcomed a call by a junior minister that care for the elderly should be overhauled over the next two decades and retirement villages rolled out.

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Government criticised over 'deplorable' delays in processing carers allowance applications

Government criticised over 'deplorable' delays in processing carers allowance applications

The government has been criticised over the long delays in processing carers allowance applications.

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Michael McGrath says thousands could be missing out on carer tax credit

Michael McGrath says thousands could be missing out on carer tax credit

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said thousands of families may be missing out on tax relief of up to €1,500 per year because they are not aware of the Home Carer Tax Credit.

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Call to increase support for older carers as 15,000 over the age of 65

Call to increase support for older carers as 15,000 over the age of 65

There are now more than 15,000 carers aged 65 and over, including three people who are almost 100.

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Fixing carers’ 2012 pensions anomaly to cost €55m

Fixing carers’ 2012 pensions anomaly to cost €55m

The Government will have to find €55m next year to cover the cost of fixing the 2012 pensions anomaly relating to carers who took time out of their careers.

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Ireland can't afford not to invest in home care services, says representative body

Ireland can't afford not to invest in home care services, says representative body

The association representing home carers says we cannot afford not to invest in the service.

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One woman’s story reveals the hidden heartbreak of caring for a loved one

One woman’s story reveals the hidden heartbreak of caring for a loved one

An only child, Maureen Lowndes became her mother’s carer after her elderly father died. The endless duties made her bitter and suicidal, and damaged her life, she writes.

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Government plans to extend GP visit cards for carers criticised by both sides

Government plans to extend GP visit cards for carers criticised by both sides

Government plans to extend GP visit cards for 40,000 family carers are coming under fire.

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Older people not getting access to services they need, almost half die in hospital - report

Older people not getting access to services they need, almost half die in hospital - report

A significant number of elderly people are not getting access to services they are entitled to.

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Almost 5,000 people across Ireland are on home help waiting lists

Almost 5,000 people across Ireland are on home help waiting lists

A recent ERSI report highlighted a huge increase in demand for home care assistants.

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Taoiseach hails Action Plan for Jobs' 96% completion rate

Taoiseach hails Action Plan for Jobs' 96% completion rate

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that the measures in the Action Plan for Jobs are starting to have a real effect.

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333 measures announced in new action plan for jobs

333 measures announced in new action plan for jobs

The Government has unveiled 333 measures they hope will help create tens of thousands of jobs.

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