Taoiseach says wage subsidy scheme will be extended longer than pandemic unemployment payment

Leo Varadkar has said it's likely the wage subsidy scheme will be extended longer than the COVID unemployment payments.

Both measures will be extended beyond mid-June - but the Taoiseach hasn't been able to say when they will end.

The government believes the payments are unsustainable long term.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the wage subsidy programme could be around the longest.

"One thing we'll probably do is extend the temporary wage subsidy scheme longer than the pandemic unemployment payment, because we'll be encouraging employers to take people on and transition from the pandemic unemployment payment to the wage subsidy scheme.

"So when you're offered your job back, if you refuse it you actually lose your pandemic unemployment payment, but your employer will be able to take you back on the wage subsidy scheme."

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