A €500 lump sum payment will be paid this week to almost 500 Donegal carers to help with cost of living pressures.
Donegal has one of the highest numbers of carers per county after Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Tipperary.
This payment is one of eight lump sum payments designed to support families and households over the winter months.
The €500 Carer’s Support payment will be received in Carer’s bank accounts on Thursday, costing a total of €57.3 million nationally.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Donegal T.D., Charlie McConalogue, today confirmed the payment from the Department of Social Protection.
Minister for Social Protection is Heather Humphreys said: “This payment is in addition to the annual Carer’s Support Grant of €1,850 paid earlier this year.
“Thank you to all Donegal carers for the vital and valuable contribution you play in our society and in our local communities. Your commitment and work in supporting those that need help and support is hugely important and is greatly appreciated.”
The payment is being made automatically to people receiving a Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance payment.
Those who received the annual Carer’s Support Grant in June who have confirmed that they are still caring will also receive the €500 lump sum payment.
The annual Carer’s Support Grant is paid to all Carers providing full-time care to an older person or a person with a disability, regardless of their means or social insurance contributions.