Munster carers take part in European interest group (12/8/09)

June 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Forty carers from across Munster travelled to Brussels this week to participate in the second annual meeting of an EU Interest Group on Carers at the European Parliament. The trip coincided with National Carers’ Week, a five-day nationwide event comprising information evenings, gala receptions and a host of other activities to celebrate the work of those who care for others.
The Irish delegates travelled as guests of Independent MEP Kathy Sinnott, founder of the EU Interest Group. During the trip, they met with carers’ representatives, NGOs and MEPs from all over Europe, to draft potential next steps for EU level action. Four members of the group also took part in a Mental Health Conference at the European Commission. They were: UCC Professor Eileen O’Leary, Fr Jean Marie Pilon, Tom Naughton, and John McCarthy, founder of Mad Pride.
Speaking from Brussels, MEP Sinnott said her particular aim was to get recognition for the essential work carried out by carers. She said, ‘Although carers are the biggest workforce in Europe, they are largely ignored. Carers are invisible in employment legislation, despite the EU’s competence in this area. We need to bring their concerns into focus and support them. Carers are especially important in how we deal with an ageing Europe, in terms of meeting the needs of our older citizens.’


Entry filed under: Health and the EU.

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