Carers Protest Respite Care Grant Cut

More than 300 full-time carers and supporters gathered outside Leinster House to demand the restoration of the Respite Care Grant, following a cut made as part of the Budget.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has insisted the reduction was necessary.

The Government announced in Wednesday's Budget that there would be a 19% cut, worth €325, to the grant.

Approximately 75,000 full-time carers will be affected by the reduction, which is expected to save the Exchequer €26m next year.

The protesters said they cared for elderly people who are ill and have disabilities of all ages.

They told journalists the cut deprived them of three days of annual leave.

Several opposition TDs and Senators met the protesters outside Leinster House.

Family carers from Co Clare, who were not in a position to attend the Dublin protest, also protested in Ennis.


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