Macra and IFA resist moves on education grants

Any attempt to apply a capital asset test on farm families seeking to qualify for third-level education grants will be resisted, the IFA and Macra have warned.

IFA president John Bryan said the association was opposed to such a move. "This is non-negotiable as far as farm families are concerned and will be resisted by IFA. The average income for full-time farmers was €17,770 last year, less than 50pc of the income limit for student grants of €41,000."

Ger Griffin, of Macra's rural youth initiative committee, said means testing criteria for third-level grants could not take into account the notional value of farmland as this did not reflect parents' capacity to fund their children's education.

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