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What We Do

  • We work with organisations to provide better information and supports to Family Carers.We provide them with opportunities to collaborate on initiatives including National Carers Week, a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary Family Carer Research Group, and joint policy submissions.
  • We act as a distribution channel for information on Family Carer issues.
  • We actively encourage collaboration in all our projects. We provide cohesion to those organisations working to support Family Carers.
  • We commission relevant research that supports focussed and quality interventions in the lives of Family Carers.
  • We co-ordinate National Carers Week annually in June


Upcoming Events


Nov 14 Care Alliance/UCD Conference titled; "Towards a Refreshed National Carers Strategy - From Research to Policy". For details see here

Latest news

July 17 Abstract submission for our conference titled "Towards a Refreshed National Carers Strategy - From Research to Policy" now open. Closing date is August 16th. See details here

July 1 2018 Directors report and Audited Financial Statements Published. Read here

June 25 Board of Directors Meeting.

June 18  Save the Date announced for our upcoming conference in partnership with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services (funded by the Health Research Board). See here for more details.  

June 17  Our paper entitled 'Incorportating Facebook into Nonprofit Supports for Family Caregivers' published in Journal of Technology in Human Services. See here for a copy

June 14  Policy & Research Officer Zoe Hughes awarded the "Research Contribution to Practice" Award at the All Ireland Research in Social Work Conference 2019 for her work and presentation on the Discussion Paper Series. See her presentation slides here, and read the papers here

June 11  New online intervention announced to support Ireland's Dementia Family Carers. See press release here.

June 10 Launch of research report on the use of online supports by family carers. See full report here

May 14 Summer Newsletter Care Alliance Ireland Exchange published. Read here.

April 17 Second National Carers Week 2019 Planning Meeting

April 8  New Infographic launched. Read here.

March 19 Spring Newsletter Care Alliance Ireland Exchange published. Read here.

March 19 Care Alliance Ireland announces new Strategic Plan (2019-2024). Read here.

March 5  Launch of report "Resilience of Caregivers of People with Dementia". Read here

March 4  Friendsourcing Teleconference.

Feb 27  Knowledge Exchange Webinar

Feb 21 National Patient Forum Meeting.

Jan 28  Home Care Coalition Meeting

Jan 25  PPI Meeting in University of Limerick Read here.



Dec 21st  Our Analysis of the HSE Service Plan 2019. Read here.

Dec 12th  Delegation of Care Alliance Ireland members appearing at Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health - Discussion on improving Home Care services. Watch live streaming - Committee Room 4 (CR4) c9:20am here.


Dec 11th   Launch of Innovative Carer Practices in collaboration with the International Alliance of Carer Organisations (IACO) and Embracing Carers. More details here.

Nov 29  Discussion Paper 10: Rural Carers in Ireland - Challenges & Opportunities launched. Download your copy here.

Nov 26  Winter Newsletter Care Alliance Ireland Exchange published. Read here.

November 20  Presentation made at Annual Carers Forum. Slides Here

November 15  Care Alliance Wins Good Governance Award - for three years in a row. See

October 23  Launch of Care Alliance Ireland 2018 Report on Home Care. Read Full Report Here and Slides Here

Oct 16  Care Alliance Ireland Budget 2019 comment for family carers published. Available to read here

Sept 24  Autumn Newsletter Care Alliance Ireland Exchange published. Read here.

Sept 18  Discussion Paper 9: Family Caring and Minority Populations launched. Download your copy here. See Zoe's presentation slides here

Sept 10 Care Alliance Ireland Pre-Budget Satatement published. Read here.

Aug 20 Submission made to the PSI on the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists 2018. Read our submission here

July 7 Presentation by our Executive Director at SWSD2018 Conference - Are Social Workers Successfully Engaging with Family Carers. Slides available here

July 7 Presentation by our Policy & Research Officer at SWSD2018 Conference - Social Work Practice Teaching in Non-Traditional, Desk-based Settings. Slides available here.  

July 5 Presentation by our Executive Director at SWSD2018 Conference - Social Media (Facebook) as an Intervention for family carers. Slides available here

July 3 Meeting of the Board of Directors

June 19 Jointly hosted seminar with ISS21 (UCC); "Maximising the Potential of Family Carer Research and Knowledge" - Dr. Mary Larkin. Slides available here

June 12 Launch of the project materials from the EPYC Young Carers Project. See here. 

May 21 Summer Newsletter Care Alliance Ireland Exchange published. Read here.

April 24  National Carers Week photoshoot.

April 16  Submission made to the Consultation on Proposed Guiding Principles to frame the State’s Economic Migration Policy (Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation)- read here.  

April 5  Vacancy - Project Assistant Research and Communications (part-time). Details here. Closing date for applications - Thursday April 12th. 

April 4  Submission made to The Loneliness Taskforce - read here

March 22  Spring Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here

March 12  Discussion Paper 8: Difficult Relationships and Family Caring launched. Download your copy here

March 6  Launch of The Way Ahead - Booklet to Support Former Family Carers. Read here

November 28  Brief Analysis on HSE Performance Data Report - June to September 2017. Read here 

November 27 2017  Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here

November 24  Carers Rights Day (UK). See here  

November 24  Launch of our Position Paper on the use of the term 'Informal Carers'  Read here 

November 20 Discussion Paper 7: Romancing the Carer - Intimate Relationship and Family Caring launched. Read here

November 16 We are delighted to win, for the second year in a row, the Good Governance Awards 2017.

November 16 Post-Doc research position (level 1) now recruiting as part of the EnCareDementia project in UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. See job description here. Apply for the post here. Closing date 27/11/2017.

November 6 Launch of the POSTCARE project report in UCC. Download report here

November 02 Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Central Statistics Office (Census 2021). Read here

October 19 Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Personalised Budgets Taskforce. Read here

October 11 Care Alliance Ireland Post-Budget Summary and Comment published. Read here

September 25  Autumn Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here

September 19  Publication of Overview Report Trends in Family Caring in Ireland Read here (Slides from presentation/launch available here)

September 12 Materials from our conference held in partnership with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems available here

August 3 Staff Biogs Up on Website. Read here

July 13 Summer Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here

July 06 Care Alliance Ireland publishes Pre-Budget Statement of Priorities for Budget 2018. See full statement here

July 06 Consultation on Home Care Services now open. Closing date 31 August. See full details here

June 28 Dept of Social Protection Fraud and Error survey to begin WRT people in receipt of Carers Allowance. Further details here 

June 28 Closing date for expressions of interest for the HSE Leadership Academy. See details here

June 12-18 National Carers Week 2017- over 130 events from 30 different organisations across Ireland.

May 24 Care Alliance Ireland participation in Joint Pre-Budget Statement along with six other national umbrella groups across the disability sector. Read the Statement in full here

May 11 Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Citizens Assembly May 2017: ‘How we respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’ published. Read full text of our submission here

May 10  Call for Papers for the Care Alliance 2017 Family Carer Research conference, in partnership with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences now available here.  

April 25  Board of Directors reiterate Care Alliance Ireland compliance with Good Governance Code. You can read more about the code here and read our Comply or Explain statement here.

April 24 Publication of a joint Discussion Document on the Consultation Process for the Establishment of a Statutory Homecare Scheme (in collaboration with 13 other Irish NGO's). You can read this document here

April 10 Submission made to the HSE, on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Guide for Health and Social Care here

April 6 Discussion Paper 6: Disability & Family Carer Policy- Challenges & Responses launched. Read here.  

April 4 National Carers Week Photoshoot.

Mar 21 Planning Meeting for National Carers Week 2017. 

March 21 Spring Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here 

Mar 1 Care Alliance Research & Policy Roundup launched- see here

Feb 20 Submission made to CORU, on the Social Care Workers Registration Board Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics Bye-Law. See our submission here

Feb 8 Policy & Research Officer presentation to the Social Policy Network: "When Policies Collide: Working Within Conflicting Policy Spheres". Presentation available here

Dec 19 Discussion Paper 5: "We Need to Talk About It- Stigma & Family Care" launched. Click here to download a copy.


Dec 13  Launch of Family Carer Training Guide for Practictioners. See here to download a copy. 

Nov 25 Winter Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read here 

Nov 9 Launch of new website- Click for resources to aid in the delivery of high quality education and training to Family Carers. Includes database of training and education available to Family Carers online and across Ireland. 

Oct 27 Discussion Paper 4: "The Wisdom of Family Carers" launched. Click here to download a copy.

Oct 18 Care Alliance Ireland wins the inaugural Good Governance Awards wining Category 2 (Type C Organisations with an annual turnover of between €100K and €500K). For full details read here. 

Oct 18 Registration open for the third seminar in the "Supporting Your Delivery of High Quality Family Carer Training" series, taking place Nov 7. Download the flier here, and register online here

Oct 13 Read our comments on Budget 2017 for Family Carers here

Oct 11 Department of Health Budget 2017 Read detail here (p45-50) and summary here

Oct 11 Department of Social Protection Budget 2017 Changes Read Here

Oct 11 Budget Day 2017 

Oct 3 Latest Analysis of Public Home Care Provision based on latest HSE Monthly Data. Read here #investinhomecare

Sept 29 Part-Time Vacancy, Research Assistant;Project on Resilience in Caregivers of People with Dementia. Read here

Sept 29 Joint NGO Federations (Disability & Mental Health) Pre-Budget Press Conference. Read the press release here

Sept 27 "Invest in Home Care" Campaign Media Launch. Read the press release here

Sept 27 NGO Pre-Budget Press Conference. Read the prss release here

Sept. 22  Autumn Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read Here

Sept 20 Presenation at AGM of Paper on Home care provision. Read here

Sept 5-7  4th International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care takes place in London, UK. Care Alliance Ireland presented 2 papers. For full programme see here

Aug 26 Op Ed published in The Irish Examiner on the topic of Home Care provision in Ireland. Read here

Aug 26 Submission to Oireachtas Committe on the Future of Healthcare. Read our submission here

Aug 26 Submission to Department of Social Protection's Strategic Plan 2016-2019. Read our submission here

Aug 04 Vacancy - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, UCD - Carer Resilience Research Project. See Job Description for Level 1 (here) or Level 2 (here). 

July 14 Launch of the 3rd National Carers Strategy Monitoring Group Report Card. Click here to read. 

July 11 Pre-Budget Statement (Budget 2017) published. Click here to read. 

July 8 Board of Directors Statement on Governance. Read here

July 4 2015 Directors Report and Audited Financial Statements Published. Read here 

June 30 Briefing Paper 1 "An Analysis of Home Care Supports Funded by the HSE 2008-2016." Read here.

June 28 Summer Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read Here

June 13-19 10th National Carers Week.

June 1 Discussion Paper 3: "Online Supports for Family Carers- Options & Experiences" launched. Click here to download a copy. 

April 24 Census 2016. Many thanks to all those Family Carers who ticked "Yes" to Q22 and who logged their hours. 

April 7 Publicity photoshoot for National Carers Week (coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland)

March 22  Spring Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read Here

March 7 Dates for National Carers Week 2016 confirmed for 13-19 June

Jan 13 Launch of Family Carers Ireland (merger between The Carers Association and Caring for Carers)

Jan 11 Registration open for 2 one-day worksops entitled "Governance Training for the Not-For-Profit Sector" in Dublin and Limerick. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

Jan 7 Registration open for 2-day workshop entitled "Supporting Your Delivery of High Quality Family Carer Training". Click here for more information. Click here to register. 

Dec 10 Discussion Paper 2: "Intellectual Disability, Caring and Role Reversal" published. Click here

Dec 2 Joint press release with Inclusion Ireland on Respite Care Read Here

Nov 27 Nov edition of the Care Alliance Research & Policy Ezine published. Read Here. 

Nov 26 Presentations and posters from the Care Alliance conference: 20 Years in Family Carer Research now available. Click here to download

Nov. 24 Autumn Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange published. Read Here

Nov. 23 Research Assistant - Vacancy - UCD - Carer Resilience Research Project See Job Description here.

Nov. 20 Care Alliance Ireland Conference: 20 Years of Family Carer Research in Ireland took place. Read Programme here.

Oct. 27 Eurocarers Publish their 2014/5 Annual Report. Click here to download. 

Oct. 19 Launch of Care Alliance Ireland Discussion Paper Series- Paper 1: "Defining Carers" published. Click here to download

Oct. 15 Registration for Care Alliance Conference: 20 Years of Family Carer Research now open. Click here to register online. 

Oct. 14 Care Alliance post-Budget comments published. Click here to read.

Oct. 6 Joint pre-Budget statement with The Wheel. Click here to read the full statement

Oct. 1 Member of Care Alliance The Alzheimer Society of Ireland launch their Pre-Budget 2016 Statement (read here) and expert policy paper looking at the economics of Home Care (read here). 

Sept. 28 Autumn Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange Published. Read Here

Sept. 23 2014 Directors Report and Financial Statements Published. Read here

Sept. 21 Joint press briefing with national umbrella organisations for Budget 2016. Click here for the statement and here to to read the press release. 

Sept. 16 Updated List of Family Carer Training Providers. Cleck here to read

Sept. 15 20 Year Anniversary Celebration/AGM. Read Presentations made here

Sept. 4 Care Alliance Ireland presented two papers at the International Carers Conference. Read Here

Sept. 2    Latest edition of Care Alliance Research & Policy Ezine published. Click here to read. 

Aug. 20    Announcement of Care Alliance winter conference. Details here. Download call for papers here

July 14    Board of Directors Approve Terms of Reference for Research Sub Committee Read here.

July 3   Care Alliance attended the 2015 DSP Pre Budget Forum in Dublin Castle.

July 2 July edition of the Care Alliance Research & Policy Ezine published. Click here to read. 

June 25   Summer Newsletter Care Alliance Exchange Published. Read Here

June 22 Click here to read the Care Alliance Ireland Pre-Budget Statement for Budget 2016

June 17 Care Alliance Ireland attend the 2nd meeting of the EuroCarers Research Interest Group

June 9 Care Alliance release new factsheet on Family Carers for Carers Week 2015. Read here

May 29 Care Alliance submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality- Disability Act (2005) and National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan (2013-2015) available to read here

May 27  Summary of 2014 Annual Report Available to read here

May 26  Disabilily and Carers Groups - Funding Extended by another year. Read here

May 21 Carers Association launch the Carers Strategy Report Card. Read a copy here

May 14 Care Alliance attended The Wheel annual conference.

April 22  Read Here our Presentation to the Eurocarers Family Carers Research Meeting, Dublin.

April 16  2nd Edition of our Policy & Research eZine. Read here Subscribe here

April 9 CAI papers accepted to the 9th Annual Carers Conference (September 2015)

April 9 CAI comment on Health (Professional Home Care) Bill published. Download here

April 8 Directory of Support Services for family carers Launched. Download here

March 20 Spring Newsletter Published Read Here 

March 11 Publication of Updated Family Caring in Ireland Report. (Click here to read)


Feb. 16 Publication of First Policy and Research eZine. (Click here to read)

Feb. 2  Second Annual Implementation Report on National Carers Strategy published by the Dept. of Health. (Click here for the report)

Jan. 11  Death of our  esteemed Patron Dr. Maeve Hillery. Our deepest sympathies to her Family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam

Dec. 15  Updated Irish Family Carer Research Database Published Read Here

Nov. 27 Winter Newsletter Published, Care Alliance Exchange Read Here

Nov. 18 Board of Directors Meeting

Nov. 18 Major Literature Review on Home Care/Family Carers Published Read Full Report Here or Read Key Findings Here

October 6  Care Alliance Ireland is Recruiting a Policy and Research Officer. Read Here

Sept. 23  Joint Pre Budget Press Statement with other Federations.Read Here

Sept. 16 Presentation on Strategic Plan. Read Here

Sept. 16 Annual General Meeting. Publication of Directors Report and Financial Statements.Read Here

Sept. 4 College of Psychiatrists - Invitation for Family Carers to Join Forum Read Here

August 27th Summer Newsletter Published Read Here

August 15th New Strategic Plan Launched Read Here

July 17th The passing of our board member Dr Geraldine Fennell

July 4th Pre Budget Forum, Dublin Castle.

June 30th Received news of successful Funding Application to the Scheme to Support National Community and Voluntary Srganisations. 2014-2016 Click Here

June 17th Pre-Budget Submisison Made Read Here

June 9th-15th 8th National Carers Week Click Here

May 27th Universal Health Insurance Submission Made Click Here

May 2nd European Parliament Interest Group on Carers - Report on April Meeting. Click Here/p>

April 29th Care Alliance Ireland Exchange Newsletter Published Click Here

April 7th Updated Complaints Policy Approved by the Board Read Here

March 12th Findings from Neurological/ Carers Survey Read Press Release Here and Full Report Here

February 5th HSE Presentation on Social Care Read Here

January 20th TOYAC Meeting in Glasgow Read Here


December 27th Disability Federation of Ireland publishes its Mid-Term Review of Programme for Government Read Here

December 13th Updated List of Family Carer Training Courses. Read Here

December 8th Statement from Chairperson of Care Alliance on Executive Salaries. Read Here

December 3rd Updated Database of Irish Family Carer Research published. Download Here

November 25th Care Alliance Ireland Exchange Winter Newsletter published Click here to Read

November 19th 2013 Care Alliance Fully Compliant with the Governance Code Read here

November 19th Board of Directors Meeting. See Biogs here

November 19th Submission to Joint Oireachtas Committee on End of Life Care Read Here

October 14th 2013 Boardmatch Ireland's Annual Federation meeting

October 7-8th Together for Young Adult Carers Meeting (TOYAC) Click here for project details.

September 30th 2013 Review Meeting of National Carers Week 2013 Click here to see partners in the week.

Sept. 23rd 2013 Joint Media Briefing calling for National Strategy to protect public services. Read press release here and Media Coverage here and here

Sept. 17th 2013 TOYAC Meeting. Read About Project here

August 28th 2013 Read Here what our members say about Care Alliance

August 26th 2013 Latest Newsletter Published here

August 2nd 2013 Board of Directors Approves Audit and Risk Terms of Reference. See here

August 1st 2013 Membership Development Initiative Launched

July 12th 2013 Carer of the Year awards Launched Read about here

July 29th 2013 Just How Valuable is Family Caregiving? (US) Read about here

July 5th 2013 Department of Social Protection pre-budget Forum - Dublin Castle Read our Submission Here

June 27th 2013 Notification for Family Carers about Research Questionnaire on Carer Stress/NCPOP/UCD Study June 2013. Click Here

June 10th 2013 Carers Survey Published Click Here

May 23rd 2013 Care Alliance Launches Significant Report on Caring in Ireland Click Here

May 23rd 2013 Care Alliance AGM

May 22nd 2013 Inaugural Meeting in Dublin of the Intrrnational Alliance of Carer Organisations Click Here

May 2nd 2013 Care Alliance Signs Up to 1% Difference Campaign Click Here

May 2nd 2013 Spring Newsletter Published Click Here

April 29th 2013 National Carers Week eZine Published Click Here

April 1st 2013 Carers Assessment Inventory for Practictioners Launched Click Here

March 28th2013 National Carers Week eZine Published Click Here

March 25th2013 Parkinsons Unity Walk April 11th Click Here

March 14th 2013 National Carers Week June 10th-16th Click Here

February 11th 2013 Eating Disorders Awareness Week. February 11th to 18th. Click Here

January 10th 2013 HSE Service Plan for 2013 Published. Click Here


December 8th 2012 Watch Video of Carers Protest at Budget Cuts to Respite Care Grant Click Here

November 30th Winter Newsletter Published Click Here

November 20th Charities Unite to Call for Plan to Sustain Public services. Click Here

Nov 5th NESC Publishes 3 Reports of Relevance to those support Family Carers. Click Here

October 5th Click here to view Care Alliance Ireland's Pre Budget Submission which will be presented on October 12th to the Minister of Social Protection.

September 21st Due to high level of response to the Young Carers Seminar we have changed the venue to a larger space to accommodate all of the attendees. Please click here for full details on the new venue in Clonliffe College

September 17th Autumn Newsletter Published. Download Here.

September 11th Seminar and Information Exchange on Young People with Caring Responsibilities "Current Practice, Future Direction" to take place on September 25th Seminar Brochure, Booking Form

August 31st Care Alliance Ireland Submission to the Dementia Strategy Click here to download submission

July 19th National Carers Strategy Published

Click here to download Strategy

Click here to listen to the Ministers Comments to the media, Press Release

Click here to view An Taoiseach's signature on Strategy Document, An Taoiseach's Speech

July 17th Final List Published of Members of the Oireachtas who Signed Pledge Click here for details

June 21st Position Paper on Carer Assessments Launched. Click here for full report, Click here for press release.

June 18th National Carers Week begins

May 30th Annual Review and Financial Statements Published. Click here to download 2011 Annual Review. Click here to download 2011 Financial Statements

May 9th Summer Newsletter Published.Click here to download

April 23rd 6th National Carers Week. National Carers Week 2012 will take place between June 18th and 24th

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