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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Carer’s Support Grant

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Q: I have recently become a full-time carer for my mother. What is the Carer’s Support Grant and can I get it?

A: The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment for full-time carers, paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) usually on the first Thursday in June each year. The grant for 2021 is €1,850. It is paid automatically to people getting Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance. Other carers may qualify for the grant.

To qualify, you must be over 16 and:

• Caring for a person who needs help due to age, illness or disability
• Have cared for the person full-time for at least six months, to include the first Thursday in June
• Live with the person or be contactable immediately if you live elsewhere
• Live full-time in Ireland and do not live in a medical facility

You won’t qualify if you are working, studying or training more than 18.5 hours a week, getting a jobseeker’s payment or signing on for credits during the six-month caring period.

Q: How do I apply and where?

A: If you already get Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance, you get the Carer’s Support Grant automatically in June 2022. If you do not get one of these payments, you can still qualify and should fill out one application form for each person you care for.

You can also pick up a form from your Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office or Citizens Information Centre.

You can apply for a Carer's Support Grant for any given year from April of that year until December 31 of the following year.

Read more about the Carer’s Support Grant on citizensinformation.ie or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie.
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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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