Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy has said the government are entirely ignoring the farming community for failing to bring in changes to the Fair Deal Scheme which would benefit those working in the sector.

Deputy Murphy said, “The government made grand announcements that they would amend the Fair Deal legislation to support farm families. These vital changes would have brought in a Bill to cap farm contributions from farm assets at three years, if a family member is continuing to work on the farm.

 “Heads of Bill have still not been published despite much anticipation in the farming community. This delay is unacceptable and will mean that farm families across the country are losing out on the benefits of this scheme. 

“This has been a bug-bear for farming families for years, and these changes are desperately needed to make the scheme fairer and to ensure that older farmers can access the care they need.

“Farmers spending a considerable amount of time in a nursing home could lose significant portions of their farm due to the 7.5% contribution charge on assets. This is currently applied on a yearly basis with no upper limit in place.

“The farming community is rightly up in arms. There have been no supports for the sector as Brexit looms. There have been no changes to the Fair Deal Scheme. The sector is being neglected. All attempts should be made to support them,” concluded Deputy Murphy.