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An IFA delegation, led by President, Joe Healy and Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning met with Jim Daly, Minister for Older People this week as part of the IFA’s ongoing campaign to secure changes to the Fair Deal scheme to protect the future viability of the family farm.

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IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning is calling on all farmers to join the push for pension equality for women. She said that since changes to the yearly average contribution categories introduced in 2012, the pension gap between women and men has widened.

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Today marks the start of the fifth annual Farm Safety Week UK & Ireland, an initiative led by the IFA in Ireland, aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms that continue to give farming the poorest safety record of any occupation in the country.

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IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning has called for the current averaging system to be moved to a total contributions system for the purposes of calculating a person’s Contributory State Pension payment rate in the 2018 Budget.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called for the immediate publication of the recommendations of The Interdepartmental Working Group on the Fair Deal scheme to provide certainty to farm families who fear the viability of their family farm will be undermined or lost in meeting the cost of long-term care.

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