Two major support groups for carers in Ireland have merged to form a new organisation. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Two major support groups for carers have merged to provide a “stronger national voice” for the estimated 200,000 Irish people who look after family me(...)

Special needs assistants at Mother of Consolation School, Donnycarney, Dublin. Jennifer Carroll has found it difficult to find an assistant at a preschool for her three-year-old daughter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The recipient of the Carer of the Year award for 2015 says her young daughter continues to miss out on preschool because the family cannot secure a Sp(...)

A file image from RTÉ showing Mary Garvan (65), a resident of Áras Attracta residential care centre, distressed after a staff member placed a blanket over her head. Image: RTÉ Investigations Unit

Charges may soon be initiated following a Garda investigation into the alleged abuse of intellectually disabled people at the HSE run Áras Attracta ce(...)

A screengrab from secretly recorded footage in Swinford’s Áras Attracta residential care centre shows a worker putting a blanket over a resident’s head after the latter made noise looking for attention. File photograph: RTÉ

Gardaí have completed a file and forwarded it to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) following an investigation into alleged inhumane treatment (...)

Brigid Redmond, from Walkinstown, Dublin 12, has cared for her son Dermot who has special needs for more than 50 years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Portions of Brigid Redmond’s life are so poignant it’s hard to see how she musters the relentless positivity.Each distressing story is quickly suffixe(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

John Stratford and his mother, Margaret Stratford, who is his full-time carer.

Almost 190,000 Irish people care for loved ones in their homes. Whether it’s an elderly relative, a child with special needs or a young person (...)

Catherine Cox of the Carers Association: “If the carer’s health fails then the State will be faced with an even larger bill to look after both the carer and the person for whom they are caring”

Care-giving should be classified as major public health concern, the Carers Association has said. The lobby group was reacting to a study which fin(...)

 Emmet Stagg, who yesterday expressed concern about increasing the age threshold from 60 to 66 for the housing aid grant for the elderly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government yesterday defended the changes to grants for elderly and disabled people living at home, and said funding had actually increased since (...)

Winner of the Young Carer of the Year Award 2013  Niamh Duffy (13) from Middleton, Co Cork, who helps care for her brother Finn (11) with her parents Liam and Susan. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

Carers deserve better treatment by Government than the recent cuts to respite care, the withdrawal of medical cards and cuts to the telephone allowanc(...)