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Self-employed workers, including farmers, who cannot work due to long term illness or disability will be able to claim Invalidity Pension from 1 December 2017.

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Following a meeting with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald this week, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the commitment from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald to review the criteria for issuing work permits for farm workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).

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IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged the move by the Government today to remove the upper age limit for family transfers as it reduces the stamp duty liability from 6% to 1%. “This adjustment will allow more families to carry out a lifetime transfer at the rate of 1% rather than the 6% rate.”

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has insisted that all of the funding of €624m allocated to RDP measures for 2018 in this week’s Budget must be used across the wide range of schemes, which play a vital role in supporting farm incomes.

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IFA President Joe Healy said today’s Executive Council meeting has resolved that the old stamp duty of 2% should apply to land going to active farmers.

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