Monday September 21, 2020

Less talk, more action: it’s time to speed up government support for businesses

Rapid announcements followed by long implementation periods may have been acceptable at the start of the crisis, but five months on, there is no excuse for this type of tardiness

9th August, 2020
Five months in, businesses are entitled to expect greater clarity than we currently have available, particularly in respect of the principal schemes

It is more than five months since the first person in Ireland was diagnosed with Covid-19. The then government’s initial response to the immediate impact of the crisis was commendable, particularly in terms of the introduction of the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) and temporary wage subsidy scheme (TWSS).

Rapid announcements, followed by lengthier implementation periods, have become a pattern during the crisis. This was understandable in the early days and weeks, when policy...

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