A Kerry TD says radical changes are needed to the carer’s support grant.
Currently, carers providing full-time care to an older person and receiving carers allowance are eligible to avail of the grant.
Independent Deputy, Michael Healy-Rae, says those who work over 18.5 hours should also be entitled to it.
He says a lack of staff in the industry has led to delays, and in many instances family members are providing care at a cost to themselves.
Deputy Healy-Rae has called on the government to review legislation on the grant.