170 Donegal children under 15 are carers

The latest figures from census 2011 show that a total of 7,433 persons in Donegal were providing unpaid assistance to others in April 2011.

Of these 61% were women and 39 were men. These carers provided a total of 289,423 hours of care per week.

The census also showed that 170 children aged under 15 years were engaged in providing care to others, accounting for 2.3% per cent of all carers in the county.