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Doherty, Regina

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business (Continued)

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Care Services: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

Ireland's 161,000 family carers play a vital role in our health and community care sectors. Carers contribute about €11 million every day, providing 900,000 hours of care daily and saving the Stat...More Button

We all know it is about much more than just that. They are our invisible army. I try to be positive most of the time but I found it a little disingenuous of some members of the Opposition to pr...More Button

We must remember it was the previous Government that scrapped the National Carers' Strategy in 2009. In July of this year, the current Government kept its commitment and published the National C...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, said recently that she hopes carers will now be recognised, supported and empowered. The strategy says the value and contribution of carers should b...More Button

Caring touches, or will touch, every family in Ireland. I would like sufficient supports to be in place to enable carers to have lives of their own alongside caring. Many carers feel strongly a...More Button

The cost to them, however, is considerable. One in five carers gives up work to care. Carers are twice as likely to suffer from ill-health and many struggle to make ends meet. We have a duty t...More Button

This means that, as a society, we need to think differently about how care is provided and how we support families who decide to provide that care. Just as increased participation of women in th...More Button

The Government has pledged to strengthen awareness of the role of carers and recognise their needs through income supports. The strategy also commits to supporting the development of supports an...More Button

The role of care organisations and the voluntary sector is universally highly praised. We need to recognise the importance of building the capacity of the voluntary sector and the potential bene...More Button

A major challenge for the future is how to enable people to balance care and their other responsibilities, including work. There is an urgent need to increase awareness among employers and the rep...More Button