“Government defeat is a significant victory for farm families and the self-employed,” Rural Independent Group
Members of The Rural Independent Group have expressed their delight after they achieved a successful Dáil vote on the motion they brought forward calling for immediate reform of the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme. The motion, which was carried by 51 votes to 48, represents a highly significant loss for the government and will place increased pressure on it to urgently review the Fair Deal Scheme in line with the submissions made by various farming and self-employed organisations as well as Nursing Home Ireland. Independent TD Mattie McGrath made the following statement after the vote passing the Motion was confirmed:
“Today’s vote on our Motion is enormously significant not only for the farming families and self-employed who have been discriminated against due to the existing terms of the Scheme, but also because it is the first time that the Government has been defeated despite the Fianna Fail party abstaining on the vote.
This demonstrates that the Motion we placed before the House yesterday evening represented a clear pathway toward fundamental reform of the Fair Deal Scheme in line with a more just and equitable assessment method.
Farming families and the self-employed can now be absolutely assured that the Dáil has mandated for a greater degree of certainty and clarity to be introduced with respect to a reduced charge on the farm/ business assets which protects the future viability of the farm/business asset for future generations,” concluded Deputy McGrath.