IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the Cabinet approval to the Fair Deal scheme changes is long overdue.
“This is a very emotive issue for farm families. We will be studying the legislation closely when it comes before the Oireachtas,” he said.
IFA has raised this issue frequently with successive Ministers and most recently with Minister Mary Butler, who has responsibility for Older People.
IFA Farm Family Caroline Farrell said farmers were told over two years ago that the legislation was due.
“The update from Minister Butler is welcome, and we will be examining the detail.”
“The scheme as it stands is fundamentally unfair. It is bringing huge stress and worry on farm families, placing a question over farm viability while they wait on the Government to act,” said the IFA President.