The majority of carers in this country say other family members are their most important source of help.
Recent Central Statistics Office figures show that there are currently 7, 433 Carers working in Donegal, a full 4% of the county's population.
Of those, 28% are providing unpaid care for 43 or more hours per week.
Care Alliance Ireland which provides support for family carers is hoping that Carers' Week, which begins today, will reiterate the importance of providing adequate back-up at a time when the 19 per cent cut to the respite care grant looms.
Care Alliance Spokesperson Liam O Sullivan says it's an important week...........