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Fianna Fáil Joins Call For Review Of Covid Unemployment Payment

Around 200,000 people are earning more by being unemployed at the moment.

Some businesses are finding it difficult to fill jobs as they attempt to resume trading. 

IBEC is calling for the Covid-19 unemployment payment, which is worth €350 per week, to be reviewed as a matter of urgency. 

Almost 4 in 10 people claiming the payment were earning less than €300 per week before the outbreak. 

Fianna Fáil's business spokesman, Longford/Westmeath TD Robert Troy, is calling for an urgent review of the scheme:

The hospitality sector will be the biggest challenge for the government in tackling the problems with the covid unemployment payment. 

There's lingering concerns about the effect of the pandemic on the domestic tourism sector with hotels unlikely to re-open until at least September. 

General Manager of FRS Recruitment in Tullamore, Colin Donnery, says the payment shouldn't be an incentive to remain unemployed:

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