Nursing care in Ireland is provided by the government, by private companies and by the voluntary sector.   However cost for the resident is much greater if he or she is staying in a home run by the private and voluntary sector than by a public home.

The current system of state support of nursing homes costs has been recognized as inequitable, complicated and unfair.

Hence the Irish “Fair Deal”.  According to an article in The Independent, the Irish Government plans to significantly reform state supports for nursing homes through the new “Fair Deal” scheme, which will make imbursement for care more equitable for all nursing home providers.