Nursing homes are getting a cash boost to meet the rising cost of energy.

The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly's announced a new 10 million scheme to support them.

This funding drive will support all private and voluntary nursing homes that have an agreement with the National Treatment Purchase Fund for 'Fair Deal'.

They can apply for this extra money to meet energy bills for July to December this year.

Each nursing home can apply for up to 31,500 euro in vouched energy rises.

They can claim for heating and electricity increases of up to 7,000 euro per month, with three quarters of year-on-year cost rises to be reimbursed, up to a maximum payment of 5,250 euro per month, backdated to the 1st of July.

The aim is to ease pressures put on nursing homes by spiralling energy prices.

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