Sunday 21 July 2019

Ex-health minister Harney who introduced Fair Deal scheme joins board of major nursing home chain

Mary Harney is a director of a number of health sector firms. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mary Harney is a director of a number of health sector firms. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Former health minister Mary Harney has been appointed to the board of Brindley Healthcare, one of the country's largest nursing homes operators.

As health minister in 2009, she introduced the Fair Deal scheme for nursing home care, which provides State funding for private as well as public nursing home care in exchange for a portion of residents' income and assets.

The former Tánaiste is now a director of a number of firms in the health sector, as well as sitting on boards of public bodies, including the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Brindley Healthcare is one of Ireland's largest privately owned nursing home groups. Set up by Amanda Torrens in 2000 with a 35-bed nursing home in Co Donegal, it now has eight nursing homes and more than 400 beds.

Ms Harney was brought into Brindley by shareholder BGF Ireland, an investment fund backed by the Government and the main banks.

It recently invested €10m in Brindley to fund acquisitions and growth.

BGF Ireland's Leo Casey will also join the Brindley board, which is chaired by Noel Daly.

Irish Independent

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