Today's news headlines: Row over plan to exempt rental income from Fair Deal scheme, and PUP to be phased out slowly after pandemic – Independent.ie

Proposals to exempt rental income from family homes from contributions to the State’s Fair Deal nursing home scheme have sparked a major row between Government ministers. Meanwhile, an exclusive Irish Independent/Kantar poll can reveal that the majority of fans north and south of the border favour a single international football team. Here are the top 10 news headlines on Independent.ie this morning…

Fair Deal scheme row: Fears of elder abuse over plan to exempt rental income from family homes

Proposals to exempt rental income from family homes from contributions to the State’s Fair Deal nursing home scheme have sparked a major row between Government ministers. Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien is insisting the exemption would free up almost 10,000 vacant properties which are currently not being rented as 80pc of any income raised would have to go towards the owner’s nursing home costs.

Glory, glory Ireland United: majority of fans favour

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