Margaret Donnelly: A farm is not just a home or asset, it's often a family's livelihood too
No-one is disputing that farmers should pay their way. But there needs to be a realisation that for many elderly farmers in this situation, their livelihood and home are one thing.
And with farms passed down from generation to generation, no-one wants to be the family member who sells that farm.
Under the Fair Deal scheme, some farm families may have to sell the farm to pay back nursing home fees for elderly family members.