FAMILY Carers from across the country attended a special reception at Aras an Uachtarain hosted by President Higgins.
The special invitation was extended to celebrate the Carers Association 25th anniversary.
Over these 25 years The Carers Association has been providing vital supports and services to family carers across the country as well as lobbying for their rights and entitlements. This year will see the long awaited publishing of a National Carers Strategy which is something that the Association and family carers have lobbied Government on for many years.
President Higgins and wife, Sabina, welcomed over 120 family carers to the Aras The Carers Association presented President Higgins with a specially commissioned 25th Anniversary candle at the reception after a wonderful and heartfelt speech by President Higgins.
The Carers Association Carer of the Year, Peter Riordan, and Young Carers of the Year, Amanda and Sam Norris, attended the event and met privately with President Higgins.
It was a splendid occasion for all family carers who really enjoyed the opportunity to visit Aras an Uachtarain.
President Higgins also welcomed the start of National Carers Week in his speech, highlighting the importance of recognising the work family carers provide with love each day. Carers Week takes place from Monday, June 18-June24, with a host of events taking place across the country.
The Carers Association urges all family carers to get involved during Carers Week. For further details on events near you, call the Carers Association Careline 1800-240724, or visit www.carersweek.ie