Speaking following the announcement from the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Mr. Jim Daly on proposed changes to the Fair Deal Scheme, Mr. Shane O’Loughlin, ICMSA Farm Business Committee Chairperson welcomed the Government commitment to change one of the major issues of the scheme affecting numerous farm families across Ireland. The proposal that that family farms like other businesses will be subject to the same three-year cap contribution of 7.5% per annum to a maximum of 22.5% as domestic properties is hugely important. ICMSA has lobbied for this change over many years and credit must go to Minister Daly who has shown real leadership on this issue. ICMSA will fully engage with the Minister to ensure that this law is implemented as soon as possible.
The proposed change in legislation is a major relief to many farm families who have relatives or dependents in nursing homes and currently, the very future of the family farm is in jeopardy as a result. Family farms typically pass from generation to generation and it makes no sense that legislation as it currently stands would force the incumbent generation to sell the family farm and eliminate a viable rural business from a rural community.
Concluding, Mr. O’Loughlin welcomed the change and called for it to be implemented as soon as possible.
ENDS 27 July 2018
Shane O’Loughlin is at (086) 8386031
Chairperson ICMSA Farm Business Committee
ICMSA Head Office (061) 314677.