Why should you care about carers? Because some day it might be you
Sympathy and admiration are all very well - but that is not what Ireland's 200,000 carers need, says Brendan O'Connor
Imagine wishing your own child would die. Imagine wishing they would die before you. Imagine if you prayed for that every single day. Imagine if she died and you were sad but you agreed it was the best option for her. That's how Sinead McDonnell's mother Mary felt about her daughter's life and death. It's a pretty damning indictment of our society.
There are parents all over the country who feel like that, parents who are terrified of death only because they can't bear to contemplate what happens after their death to a child they care for, and parents who will experience, along with grief, some form of relief and closure if their child dies before them.
They have no faith that society will look after their loved ones. A lifetime of caring and of having doors shut in their faces teaches them that to have any faith in society would be foolish.