Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, was forced into a U-turn over rules on a pandemic wage subsidy scheme after being warned an orchestrated campaign was likely to “undermine” him in the run-up to the budget.
One of the country’s most senior civil servants admitted that backing down on changes to the employment wage subsidy scheme (EWSS) would be a “bad signal”, but that the Department of Finance would eventually be forced to...
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