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Covid-19: Some ‘temporary’ measures will be worth keeping, says Varadkar

Immediate sick pay and larger childcare subsidies could be maintained after pandemic, Taoiseach tells Dáil

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
26th March, 2020
Leo Varadkar stressed to TDs that the rent freeze and ban on evictions were short-term measures for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The temporary measure of today for the Covid-19 pandemic could be the permanent measure of tomorrow.

That was one of the most interesting takeaways from Leo Varadkar’s speech during the latest public health emergency bill, the second in the space of seven days.

The legislation provides for all manner of measures that the Taoiseach and Fine Gael had opposed, such as rent freezes and a ban on evictions for at least three months.

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