Contribution of Longford’s 40 young carers not recognised

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Independent MEP Marian Harkin says the totality of work carried out by carers is not being recognised

The statistics for carers in Ireland released on Thursday, November 2 by the CSO were exceptional in that, for the first time, they identified 3,800 carers aged 14 and under, including 40 in Longford.

Young carers attended a two day meeting of young carers at the Lilliput Adventure Centre, Mullingar at which Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that, between young and adult, Ireland’s carers represented 6.6 million hours of unpaid work each year - an increase of 5.1% since the 2011 census.

“Carers like you are the glue which helps to hold society together but this has not been recognised by successive governments for the huge contribution you make and the enormous financial saving for the state you represent,” she told the meeting of young carers.

The recent budget was another opportunity missed by the Government to re-dress the lack of support for carers and continued refusal to provide recognition of the saving for the state that their work represented, Marian Harkin concluded.

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