Donegal IFA:Grant reforms could see a 60% drop in those going on to 3rd level

The Donegal IFA has said the farming community will not tolerate any changes which would result in children from low income farm families being excluded from third level grants.

There are concerns that productive assets, such as farmland, will be included in the assessment of third level maintenance grants.

Farmers claim the existing system already penalises farmers by disallowing a number of expenses in the calculation of income for the means test such as capital allowances, lease payments, stock relief and interest on borrowing for capital purposes.

PJ McMonagle is the head of the IFA in Donegal:

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