Up to 1,000 homecare workers to be recruited from outside EU

Government boosts budget from €600 million to €700 million to ease staff shortages in homecare sector and reduce waiting list

Migrant rights groups have warned that there are many undocumented migrants working in the homecare sector. Picture: Getty

The government will allow the recruitment of 1,000 homecarers from outside the EU in response to severe staff shortages in the sector.

The state has increased next year’s homecare budget from €600 million to €700 million to pay for carers to visit the homes of around 56,000 people. But there are still 6,000 people on the waiting list because both the HSE and private homecare providers cannot recruit enough staff to cope with the growing ...