Wednesday September 23, 2020

Long-term unemployed must not be ignored in virus fallout

No matter how well the economy recovers after Covid-19, the reality is a lot of people will end up without work. They should be included, not marginalised

9th August, 2020
Over three quarters of a million people are still relying on some form of employment-related payments from government

For a while after the pandemic reached Ireland in late February, many of us hoped the crisis might end by the summer. Later, as Covid-19 continued to spread and the death toll rose, hopes about when it might pass turned to autumn, and then maybe next year.

The upward trend of new reported cases in the past week has underlined the unpleasant reality that this viral nightmare has no timetable. It will end only when...

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