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Ireland Employment Minister Regina Doherty says pandemic could leave over 400,000 out of work

06:25  20 march  2020
06:25  20 march  2020 Source:   extra.ie

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Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said she accepts that more than 400 , 000 people could lose their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic . Asked about projections from some analysts who forecast that the number of people made unemployed during the outbreak could pass

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Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty has said that as many as 400,000 people could be out of work in Ireland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on Thursday as emergency Government legislation was debated in the Dail, Ms Doherty was asked about predictions that some 400,000 could lose their jobs in the coming weeks, and responded that ‘it could potentially be as drastic as that’.

Describing the impact of the global health crisis on Ireland, the unseated Meath East TD went on to say: ‘We have not overused the word unprecedented in the past few days but it has been that’.

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a group of people standing on a sidewalk: On Thursday, it was announced that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protections is to transition from weekly social welfare payments to fortnightly installments. Pic: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin. © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland On Thursday, it was announced that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protections is to transition from weekly social welfare payments to fortnightly installments. Pic: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

Ms Doherty was eager to stress that her Department will try to ensure that those requiring income support over the coming weeks and months receive Government assistance.

Ms Doherty added: ‘We are in a very different place on our modelling compared to last week. It is more than the obvious industries that are affected.

‘Every day there is another industry that I did not expect to be affected — the numbers could potentially be as high as has been predicted.’

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Minister Doherty said on radio on Monday where a breadwinner was laid off because of the crisis they would be entitled to a new emergency payment, the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment. It is worth €203 a week and will be available for six weeks. Already more than 50, 000 applications have

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Regina Doherty wearing a suit and tie: Speaking on Thursday as emergency Government legislation was debated in the Dail, Ms Doherty was asked about predictions that some 400,000 could lose their jobs in the coming weeks, and responded that ‘it could potentially be as drastic as that’. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Speaking on Thursday as emergency Government legislation was debated in the Dail, Ms Doherty was asked about predictions that some 400,000 could lose their jobs in the coming weeks, and responded that ‘it could potentially be as drastic as that’. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Minister stated that some 58,000 people across the country have already applied to avail of the Government’s special COVID-19 social welfare payment programme, which will see those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic receiving weekly payments of €203 over a period of six weeks, at which point the scheme will be reviewed.

Ms Doherty urged employers to pay their employees the equivalent value of the COVID-19 social welfare payment for a period of six weeks, reiterating that Revenue will subsequently reimburse these payments.

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On Thursday, it was announced that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protections is to transition from weekly social welfare payments to fortnightly installments.

This measure has been introduced to ensure that social welfare recipients who still go to the post office to collect their payments will only have to do so once every two weeks during the current crisis.

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