The government has announced an overhaul of the Fair Deal scheme to benefit farmers and business owners who need to access nursing home care.
There are around 2,500 farming families in Kildare, and in excess of that number in small and medium firms.
The current system requires farm families and small firm owners to pay 7.5 per cent of the value of their land annually to help to fund a place in a nursing home.
The changes to the system will see this payment capped at 3 years.
However, to qualify for the scheme, a family successor will have to continue to operate the farm or business for 6 years.