IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the passage through the Oireachtas of amendments to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill, which he said improves the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme for farm families.
The Bill places a three-year cap on the amount of the farm asset that can be taken under the Scheme.
“There are still challenges with the Scheme, but the approval of the Bill is the culmination of a long campaign by the IFA Farm Family Committee,” he said.
IFA Farm Family Committee Chairperson, Caroline Farrell, said the changes were badly needed as the current terms have impacted heavily on farm families.
“These changes are important. The Bill now needs to be enacted as soon as possible,” she said.