Thursday October 29, 2020

Analysis: Dáil united on €6.8bn extra for Covid-19 payments

All parties agreed to boost the Department of Social Protection’s budget to €28 billion to cover the emergency welfare measures, but the row over how long they should last has not been resolved

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

28th May, 2020
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, has made the wage subsidy scheme available to women returning from maternity leave, but was less forthcoming about the future of the pandemic unemployment payment

First, there was the good news. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was able to tell TDs he will bring a proposal to cabinet on Friday to allow women returning from maternity leave to access the wage subsidy scheme.

This will put an end to the month-long ordeal experienced by some women, which is just as well because the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said their exclusion from the scheme breaches equality legislation.


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