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Ministers To Discuss Multi-Billion Euro Social Welfare Package

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

06:34 24 Mar 2020


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A multi-billion euro social welfare package is among the emergency measures going before ministers today.

The cabinet's meeting to discuss the way forward to deal with the coronavirus.

The government asked the Chief Medical Officer to give them advice on public gatherings after large amounts of people gathered in parks and on beaches over the weekend.

Cabinet Ministers will consider that advice today and it's likely there will be an extension of current restrictions as well as some new restrictions announced.

That cabinet meeting will be conducted over two rooms with some Ministers teleconferencing in to allow social distancing.

Last night the UK entered a lockdown, meaning different responses are in place north and south of the border.

That puts more pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to follow suit and announce more restrictive measures here.

The cabinet will also discuss the detail of a multi-billion euro social welfare package.

It will aim to subsidise the income of people who have lost work because of the Coronavirus up to somewhere around 75 per cent of their income.

Cabinet will also approve measures to protect renters, including a rent freeze and an evictions ban.

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