The Taoiseach has promised to clear a backlog of nursing home places for older people.
Enda Kenny has admitted in the Dáil that funding for the 'Fair Deal' scheme was cut for this year, but insists that a current waiting list of over 2,100 will be cleared.
"Yes it's a challenge … we all understand the importance of people, particularly elderly people, of being able to be comfortable in their own home, in the community, under this scheme. We're very conscious of it," he told the Dáil.
The 'Fair Deal' scheme, also known as the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, is a financial support model for those in need of long-term nursing care.
The scheme operates with the recipient making a contribution to the costs, based on a financial assessment, and the State paying the remainder.
The recipient of care pays 80% of their income plus 7.5% of the value of their assets - with the primary home excluded from that calculation after the first three years. Whatever additional cost is required is then paid for by the scheme.
However, the scheme is capped annually with a set budget, meaning that a waiting list is used for new applicants when it is over-subscribed.