Clare’s Carers Urged To Reach Out For Support If Struggling

Clare’s carers are being encouraged to reach out to local support services if they are struggling.

It comes as Family Carers Ireland has opened a new centre in Ennis, amid calls for increased support from the government to help them continue to deliver care.


Around one in ten Irish people is a carer for a family member, with 10,000 of those in Clare alone.

It’s estimated that family carers, who receive little to no state support, save the government around €10 billion every year.

Today, as Family Carers Ireland opens its new centre at Tobarteascáin in Ennis, those who provide these endless hours of care are seeking more support from the government to help them, both financially and emotionally.

The organisation is a voice for those who need it and Vicky Ward, who is their care support manager for Clare and North Tipp, and says their ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone who needs their support can get it.

Along with the support groups, Family Carers Ireland offers help and advice on financial aid, training, counselling, legal aid and more.

Moira, who is chair of the Ennis support group, says these services are vital from the organisation but the level of state aid for those caring for relatives is far too low.

Liz is one of those who attends the support group and says it has been invaluable to her.

She is a carer for her son Eoin, who is 25, and has only been with Family Carers Ireland in Ennis since February.

Those who are in need of support can contact Family Carers Ireland in confidence on 065 68 66 515 or call in to see them in the Tracklands Business Park, Toberteascáin.