Carers should not be targetted – Harkin

North-West MEP Marian Harkin has slammed the Irish government's decision to cut state supports for Carers in the 2011 Budget.

She says that this move will prove a step backwards from ensuring future prosperity.

The Independent MEP said the reduction in the national Carers Allowance and cuts to Carers' tax breaks might save money in the short term, but could cost the country dearly in the long run

Ms Harkin says in Donegal alone, carers save the economy 88 million euro a year................

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