A leading campaigners for carers rights has welcomed the planned merger between the Carers Association and Caring for Carers.
Tipperary Carers Association manager Richie Molloy said the new body will provide a strong voice for family carers.
The local councillor was one of a number of Tipperary carers at a meeting in Dublin to discuss the merger.
Cllr Molloy said a number of roadshows will take place around the country to explain what this merger will mean for family carers and will be voted on at special EGMs at the end of next January by both organisations.
Carers have also expressed concerns about the forthcoming budget
â€œHopefully the goverment will not introduce any further cuts and we are calling for the reversal of the savage cut to the respite budget two years agoâ€, said Cllr Molloy.
â€œThe merger will give us a strong voice to make our demands on governmentâ€, Cllr Molloy remarked.