Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan after they launched the Economic Recovery Plan in Dublin Castle
For Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael “we are all in this together” was clearly just a slogan.
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) June 1, 2021
In the Daíl at the Convention Centre, Dublin
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald responds to the the announcement of a gradual tapering off of Pandemic Unemployment Payments (PUP) by €50 from 7 September, with further €50 cuts planned for November 16 and February 8, 2022 as part of the National Recovery Plan.
“You repeatedly promised there would be no cliff edge when it came to the withdrawal of PUP.
— Social Democrats (@SocDems) June 1, 2021
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall told the Dáil that the PUP cuts will result in 40% reduction in income by next February and push people onto the breadline.
She asked the Taoiseach: “Why have you done, what you swore not to do, and will undoubtedly lead more into poverty?”
Ms Shortall said the move would result in a cliff-edge, despite numerous promises.
She said to start cutting the PUP in September was an “arbitrary date” – something which would happen “… no matter what the public health advice or what jobs may or may not be available”.
The Dublin North West TD said that the cut of €50 which was due to take place in September was a 15% cut in payments for “… those who can least afford it”.