IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the commitment by Minister of State Mary Butler to bring the legislative changes to the Fair Deal scheme, which will place a three-year cap on farmland under certain circumstances, to Cabinet in the next two weeks.
IFA has raised this issue frequently with successive Ministers and most recently with Minister Butler, who has responsibility for Older People.
“Farmers were told over two years ago that the legislation was to come before the Oireachtas. The update from Minister Butler is welcome, and we will be watching closely to see that it happens.”
“The scheme as it stands is fundamentally unfair. It is bringing huge stress and worry on farm families, with farm viability being lost while they wait on the Government to act,” said the IFA President.