They Are All In This Together


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

This afternoon.

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.


This afternoon.

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.

Via RTE:

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”.

Decision to reduce PUP ‘premature and unfair’ – Sinn Féin (RTÉ)

Earlier: Recoverability


16 thoughts on “They Are All In This Together

    1. ce

      +1 yes, plenty of other things to have real arguments on such as housing and how to fund public services… go for the jugular…

    2. GiggigyGoo

      Having said that, i know two musicians whose only income was from playing in hotels and pubs. They were cut to €250 a while ago and finding it extremely difficult.

    3. Nigel

      I dunno, this feels like they’re trying to force potentially unvaccinated people back to work. They always revert to massive paranoia about the possibility that someone, somewhere might be skiving.

  1. Micko

    In the past two weeks I’ve spoken to two different business owners who can’t get there staff back to work. (or new staff in to work)

    The general jist is “I’m getting 350 quid off the gov, you’re only going to pay me about 550 for a 40 hour week – so why would I come back now?”

    Of course that’s anecdotal, but we have to get back to normal.

    So as crappy as it will be to lose the PuP for some – it has to be done I’m afraid.

    Plus, it’ll mean my own biz can start up again properly – and I won’t have time to post here anymore.

    Eh? Win win eh?

    1. GiggidyGoo

      €550 for a 40-hour week. I’d say you’re an exception Micko. €10.20 per hour is the minimum wage.

      1. Micko

        Not my job man. I’m in a completely different industry.

        It was a beauty salon owner and the owner of a barber I was talking to (while taming my barnet) ;)

        Fierce trouble they’re both having. And funnily enough – both said to me that there is NO WAY they’d have those staff back who refused to come back (or ask the new ones) again.

        So, shooting themselves in the foot at the same time.

        1. ce

          “It was a beauty salon owner and the owner of a barber I was talking to (while taming my barnet) ;)”

          Took both of them to take care of the hedge?… must have been in some state… thoughts and prayer at this difficult time!

          1. Micko

            Ha ha!

            You should see me toenails

            Angle grinder job… took hours.

            One of em kept on shouting “we can rebuild him, we have the technology” over and over.

        2. SOQ

          Hair and beauty is going to have real issues because so many are now used to working solo. Many customers are also happy with this new arrangement as its more convenient- and cheaper.

        3. GiggigyGoo

          Feck. €550 isn’t to be sneezed at. it’s 200 more, and soon to be €250 more than PUP.

    2. Daisy Chainsaw

      “Of course that’s anecdotal”

      Of course it is, man with two pints.

      People are deciding that working minimum wage, unsocial hours, ever changing schedules isn’t worth what they’re being paid. Maybe employers need to treat employees better if they want to get their workers back.

      1. Micko

        Yeah, that’s not what I’m saying. And that’s not how those businesses treat their employees. (Sorry “workers”)

        But you know that.

        You remind me of Citizen Smith.

        A pound shop Che Guevara.

  2. Lilly

    I caught tail end of news with singer Mary Coughlan saying she’ll be ruined if they cut the PUP.

  3. SB

    My son’s schoolfriends are rolling in it, after being on the PUP for 15 months instead of the 2 hours at the weekend they used to work. That’s a lot of taxpayer’s euros.

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