Friday, 16 July 2021
Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages
Shane Cassells (Fianna Fail)
I commend the Minister of State on having the Bill passed this evening. She has been committed to this issue for years. When we were in opposition, she advocated for a long time for the need for these changes, recognising their importance to families. It is to her great credit and that of her officials that she has come here, a year into office, and successfully completed that work.
As I said earlier, it is only one aspect of a series of reforms she seeks to address. I mentioned our meeting in Navan this week and how she would ensure people would remain in their own homes for as long as possible. This is alongside the work she is doing with local government and chief executives such as Ms Jackie Maguire. As the Minister of State goes home on this beautiful summer's evening, it is successful for her but more so for the people on whom this will impact - the farm families. I congratulate her and her Department.