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PROGRESS ON FAIR DEAL IMPORTANT FOR FARM FAMILIES

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PROGRESS ON FAIR DEAL IMPORTANT FOR FARM FAMILIES
16/4/19 NO REPRO FEE Joe Carroll from Kilcormac, Co Offaly was among the IFA and farm families Protesting on the 'Unfair Deal' that is threatening the viability of family farms. IFA President Joe Healy said the Government has abandoned farm families by failing to implement the three-year cap on farm assets under the financial assessment of the Fair Deal scheme. The Government has been promising the IFA that this would be introduced since last July. Addressing farmers at the Dept of Health today, he said it is now nearly nine months since Cabinet approved the proposal to introduce a three-year cap on farm and small businesses assets, where a family successor commits to continue to farm the asset for a period of six years. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke NO REPRO FEE RE EVENT

 

IFA President Joe Healy said progress on the Fair Deal Scheme is important for farm families who have been waiting nearly five years for the Government to make good on a commitment to remove discrimination against family farms and small business.

“It has been a long road and I want to acknowledge the work of Minister of State for Older People Jim Daly in finally making this happen. It is important for farm families whose farm businesses are being made unviable for the next generation,” he said.

IFA Farm Family Chair Caroline Farrell said the Government must honour their commitment and retrospectively apply the three-year cap to July 2018 when it was approved by Cabinet.

“I am pleased to see that we have made progress on this very important issue for farm families. It is putting a strain on many families who don’t know where they stand. Once the details are announced today, Minister Daly must move without delay to get it in place and operational,” she said.

Caroline Farrell said that the Heads of Bill must guarantee that the three-year cap also applies to farms that are currently leased, but where a family successor gives a verified commitment that they would continue to farm the asset, for a period of six years.

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