Many small farmers and fishermen are being “refused access” to the €350/week Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment.
That is according to Michael Healy-Rae, who raised the issue during a meeting with Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, and colleagues in the Rural Independent Group yesterday (Tuesday, April 21st).
The independent TD said seasonal workers, who had not returned to work, are also not entitled to the Covid-19 payment.
“I was assured by the Minister that this would be looked at.” he explained.
“People who are over-66, are also debarred from the Covid-19 payment scheme, despite many of these people being still in work, be it employed or self-employed, while yes they are getting a pension, they work their whole life for that.”
“I stated that many who have been in contact with me are not even seeking the full €350, simply the difference between that and their pension be paid.”
Support for businesses
He also raised the issue of a need for “serious” support for businesses, such as the hospitality sector, “who very well may not see a return to business long after the restrictions have been lifted”.
“Rather than leaving them behind we need to do everything possible to help these businesses to ensure they will be able to stay afloat and help kick start our economy again.”
“I stated to the Minister the urgent need in forming a stable and secure Government that will ensure the country’s recovery from this uncertain time and we as a group will do everything we can to assist in doing that in the national interest.” Healy-Rae concluded.
Image source: Michael Healy-Rae Facebook