Fianna Fáil TD, Eamon Scanlon, says a seven-day respite service is needed in Donegal and Sligo-Leitrim.
Deputy Scanlon raised the need for a seven-day respite service with the Taoiseach in the Dáil.
At present only a five-day respite service is available to clients.
He commented: “Parents and carers across the north-west require a full-time respite service. At present in South Donegal and Sligo-Leitrim we only have a five-day respite service.
“It is invaluable in providing a well-needed break for families whose full-time role is caring for their loved ones.
“However, caring does not stop beyond Monday to Friday. I believe respite services shouldn’t either.
“This week I attended a public meeting in Donegal in which over 100 parents gave personal accounts as to why a seven-day respite service is required. The government should not ignore these dedicated carers.
“I will continue to engage with the Taoiseach and the Minister to ensure this matter is considered,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.