Local Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that the decision of West Cork Carers Support Group to close their doors at the end of the 2019 will be a sad day for the people of West Cork, and in particular those who relied on their supports.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting after the announcement by the Board of West Cork Carers to phase out the services provided by the Company and to close its Bantry office at the end of 2018.

Founded in 19998, West Cork Carers Support Group provides a wide range f supports to improve the quality of life for carers. Whether a carer is a relative, a friend or a neighbour, West Cork Carers has been open to all for the past 20 years.

“This is yet another example of deterioration in services for carers. This organisation has given fabulous service to carers over the past 20 years.

“The role of carer can often be a thankless and lonely one, and for many, West Cork Carers was a significant resource to them when they experienced challenges or just needed someone to chat to.

“Thankfully there is now a growing recognition of the role of carers in society, with appropriate supports being put in place.

“While the work of West Cork Carers is now completed, the role of continuing to support carers remains. The HSE must step up to the mark and ensure that carers have someone to turn to. This should include unpaid carers, family members looking after other family members, and not just their own staff.

“Carers save the State a significant sum of money every year, and the least the HSE can do is support them in other ways where necessary.

“I want to thank West Cork Carers for their tremendous work over the past 20 years. Everyone who has been involved in its work is owed a major debt of gratitude from the people of West Cork. I’d say there are very few families in the area who haven’t been touched by their work,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.