Press Release

Fair Deal to be implemented in 2009 – Minister Hoctor

The Minister of State for Older People, Máire Hoctor T.D., reiterated that the Fair Deal scheme will go ahead in 2009, subject to Oireachtas approval.

“The Fair Deal was approved as Government policy in December 2006. It was reaffirmed in the Programme for Government. It remains Government policy. All the preparations are being made to ensure it is put on the most robust legal footing and will proceed in 2009, once enacted by the Oireachtas.

Last week, Minister Harney said that the Bill to provide for the Fair Deal will be ready for debate in the Oireachtas when the current recess is over. She will be bringing the draft legislation to Government as soon as possible to enable this to happen and to allow for publication of the Bill in advance of debate in the Oireachtas.”   Minister Hoctor also stressed that there would be a conferral with the social partners, under the auspices of Towards 2016, as soon as the Bill is published.