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Meet Jamie Mooney – just one of the 14,000 young carers in Ireland

Meet Jamie Mooney – just one of the 14,000 young carers in Ireland
February 3, 2016 caretocomfort

One of the joys of childhood is the lack of responsibility, aside from school. Not so for the 4,000 children who are carers. Arlene Harris meets one.

For most young children, the biggest concerns in their daily lives are how much homework they have, how much screen-time they will be allowed and whether or not they will get away with sneaking an extra treat after dinner.

But for thousands of children across the country, their worries are a lot bigger as they face the daily stresses of living with and caring for a sick parent.

There are officially over 14,000 young carers in Ireland and while the newly-formed organisation Family Carers Ireland (FCI) offers support and advice to many, lack of funding means that thousands of others have to carry emotional burdens which are far too heavy for their shoulders.

Read the full article at source: Meet Jamie Mooney – just one of the 14,000 young carers in Ireland | Irish Examiner

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