Analysis: Cuts to part-timers’ pandemic payments find little opposition

Varadkar has given his ‘three assurances’ on the €350-a-week payment and even Sinn Féin seems unlikely to fight back

4th June, 2020
Analysis: Cuts to part-timers’ pandemic payments find little opposition
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised that the pandemic unemployment payment will be extended for months, not weeks

Governments know it is much easier to give something out than to take it away.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €350 is of vital support to the 540,000 people whose jobs have been put on hold due to the shut down of businesses during the pandemic. Making any changes to it is very politically sensitive, particularly for a caretaker government.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wanted to set the scene for tomorrow’s cabinet meeting where a decision...

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