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EU paid leave proposal for family carers warmly welcomed

Date: April 26, 2017

Category: News Article, Carers

Family carers in Ireland will, for the first time, benefit from paid carers leave if a proposal announced by the European Commission, today, April 26th, is approved by the European Parliament. [more]

MEP Highlights Value of Carers Work at Mullingar Event

Date: January 30, 2017

Category: News Article, Carers

The value of the work of family carers in Ireland can be seen in the fact that the work of the over 5,000 carers involved in Westmeath and Longford has been valued at over €60 million per year.[more]

Varadkar Divide & Conquer Strategy Unfair to Carers

Date: October 5, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Disability Rights, Health

The divide and conquer strategy of Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar which aims to create tension between state pension receivers and carers in the upcoming budget emphasised the valuable role of the independent...[more]

€5,000 Grants to Carers Groups in Longford & Westmeath

Date: August 1, 2016

Category: Carers, Volunteering, News Article

Marian, who grants her TD and teacher pensions to family carer groups throughout her constituency, recently presented cheques of €2,500 each to the Longford and Westmeath carers groups.[more]

Irish Carers Participate in European Parliament Conference

Date: June 15, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Disability Rights, Employment

Representatives of a number of family carer groups from counties Cavan, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Longford, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath participated in a conference in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday June 15th,...[more]

Carers Save Government €4 Billion Per Year

Date: May 30, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

While welcoming the reinstatement of the Carers Support Grant to its previous level, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that the government had a long way to go before meeting the deserved support of the country’s over 200,000...[more]

EC Report on Irish Economy a Mixed Bag

Date: May 18, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Employment, Health, Disability Rights

Today the EU Commission report card on Ireland's economic and social progress is a mixed bag with some improvements in the areas of Government deficit spending and a drop in unemployment levels but significant challenges in areas...[more]

MEP Urges Rapid Fund Action for Intel Workers

Date: May 1, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Employment

Any workers made redundant by cutbacks in Intel should have measures under the European Globalisation Fund (EGF) assessed by the Department of Education & Skills and an early application made to support those who lose their jobs[more]

Call for Support for Domestic Workers and Carers

Date: April 28, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Employment

A report in the European Parliament has adopted a proposal that a Carers Leave Directive should be developed. This was warmly welcomed by Independent MEP Marian Harkin who stated that she had called for such a proposal on many...[more]

MEP Accuses HSE on Carers Cutbacks

Date: April 20, 2016

Category: News Article, Carers, Health

The HSE has been accused of using the current political impasse to implement a totally unacceptable cut to homecare packages and home help hours.[more]

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