Thursday 22 March 2018

Caitriona Murphy: Quinn's attack on farmers' assets has sown seeds of political division

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Labour's proposal to include farmland in means testing has set farmers across the country on the warpath because they see it as blatant discrimination.

The proposal that property, stocks and shares worth over €750,000 should be assessed would be a simple accounting procedure for the Government.

But for farmers, the move is a direct threat to the education of their children. Based on an average land price of around €10,000 per acre, a farm of 75 acres could push a farmer over the threshold for third-level maintenance grants for his or her children.

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