With no government yet formed since the election in February, it may seem difficult to see how progress might currently be achieved on any social issues. Reflecting on the responses to our pre-election campaign, however, and while acknowledging the difficulties faced, there are reasons to be hopeful for positive changes in carers’ lives and increased awareness and acknowledgement of their enormous contribution to society. All parties with representatives in Dáil Éireann have committed themselves to supporting carers; in particular the six major parties have all committed to a renewed and funded National Carers’ Strategy, and included in their pre-election manifestos explicit and concrete measures through which they intend to support carers. Family Carers Ireland also wrote to independent candidates and smaller party representatives, and there too we secured broad commitment to support our campaign priorities. Hustings events held in our centres around the country were well-attended – and we would particularly like to acknowledge the excellent work of our centre staff in organising these events – and the level of engagement from carers from all around the country in all aspects of the campaign was very encouraging. There was a very positive response to our initiatives from carers at our Respite Weekend in Mayo. We would like to thank those who participated there; carers who attended our hustings events; who submitted comments to our website and shared their experiences online; and all those who took the time to ask candidates out canvassing where they stood on issues affecting carers. The responses both from individual candidates and in official party communications was very positive, and, regardless of what government and opposition is eventually formed, there are reasons to expect progress. Family Carers Ireland will continue to work to try and ensure that these pre-election commitments are translated into priorities in the next administration’s Programme for Government.