The Cabinet's approval of changes to the Fair Deal scheme which will assist farmers and small business owners are welcome, but the details of the changes need to be clarified, according to Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

The current system sees farm families and small business owners required to set aside 7.5% of the value of their land annually to fund a place in a nursing home.

Under the new plan, this will be capped at three years in future - subject to conditions.

In order to qualify for the new terms, the person entering a nursing home must appoint a successor who will sign a legally binding commitment to continue the family business, and young farmers will be tied to the land for at least 6 years.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has welcomed the changes to Fair Deal, but is awaiting clarification on the details of the scheme....

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