Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health Kathleen Lynch has said that people with disabilities will not be asked to co-fund their care.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Lynch said a review of the Fair Deal scheme, whereby people co-fund their own nursing home care, is under way.

Her comments follow reports at the weekend that the Government was poised to force patients requiring disability and mental health services to co-fund their own care.

Ms Lynch also said that State-run nursing homes were not facing closure but that massive works were required to upgrade the facilities due to the age of the residential units.