Caring in Ireland
Georgia Grogan, carer to a daughter with complex needs, describes how she is impacted by the uneven distribution of care. “Skye relies on me for everything- I am her entire world. I don’t have the luxury of making mistakes. From the moment I became a carer I feel like I’ve been fighting a losing battle. It sickens me that those who don’t have the ability or the confidence to speak up are the ones expected to shout the loudest. I’m constantly being reminded of my age, my lack of experience, my overall duty as a parent, but denied the contributions and the value of what I give as a carer’.
“The policies and rules involved in care are often degrading, and they perpetuate outdated ideas that women are simply homemakers. I can’t stay in education without working, and I can’t find meaningful, sustainable work without education. Care impacts every aspect of life for all of us, the environment around us, how we connect with others, and connect with ourselves. But unfortunately, there are many of us who provide more care, and see little benefit.” She continued.