Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane has hit out at the government for ‘ignoring the impact of public health restrictions’ on workers.
She urged the government to reinstate the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for those who need it, saying thst reduced opening times for hospitality will see workers on reduced hours and reduced income.
Some staff may also be let go during this latest period of restrictions, she said.
“At the very outset of the Covid-19 pandemic the Government were clear that there would be no cliff-edge and that workers would be supported throughout the pandemic. The pandemic is not over,” said Deputy Kerrane.
“Workers in live entertainment, hospitality, nightlife and the tourism industry are all being left high and dry by Government.”
The Sinn Féin TD called on Minister Humphreys to reinstate the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for those who need it.
“We have not seen an update on recipient numbers for the PUP now since November 4th. The Minister should publish the latest figures as more and more people are moved on Jobseekers payments, further worsening their financial situation.”