Seanad debates

Friday, 16 July 2021

Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages

 

9:30 am

Photo of Micheál CarrigyMicheál Carrigy (Fine Gael)

I thank the Minister of State for making sure this legislation was passed. It was in the programme for Government. All of us were lobbied, especially the rural Members, by the IFA etc. to make sure. We gave commitments to them it would be done before the summer recess and it has. I have a small business at home myself. Please God I will not have to go into a nursing home in the short term but it gives a sense of comfort that there is a safeguard. That is what we do in business: try to build up a business our kids will have, please God, and perhaps can make a living out of. We have seen and know of instances where family farms had to be sold. Well done to the Minister of State and her officials on getting it through. It is an important day, particularly for rural Ireland and for rural farmers.

I thank the Cathaoirleach, Martin Groves and all the staff. Enjoy the summer recess.

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