Friday, 16 July 2021
Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages
Tim Lombard (Fine Gael)
I join colleagues in complimenting the Minister of State on getting this very important legislation through. I also acknowledge my former colleague from Cork South-West, former Deputy Jim Daly, who did so much to make sure the legislation came to where it is today. It is very important legislation which will give peace of mind to so many families. I compliment the Minister of State and her staff on bringing forward the legislation. It is the fair deal again. It is the deal we want. It is the deal for Ireland, for rural people and for those in society of an age who need to be supported. There were issues with the Attorney General and issues which were very complex. I was made aware of them during the past two or three years. Getting through those important legal issues is a craft and I acknowledge the Minister of State and her staff for getting through them. Now, it is a case of getting the legislation enacted and moving forward in the next 90 days when that legislation comes into law. Then we will truly have a fair deal for a generation that needs it.