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Workers living in NI who lose job in Republic will not receive state support

Business Minister Heather Humphreys says the Government cannot find a way to support workers living in NI who lose their job in the Republic.

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Business Minister Heather Humphreys (Photocall Ireland)

Business Minister Heather Humphreys (Photocall Ireland)

Business Minister Heather Humphreys (Photocall Ireland)

People who have lost their job in the Republic but live in Northern Ireland, will not be able to received Irish pandemic unemployment payment supports, the Business Minister has said.

The Department of Social Protection states that the emergency Covid-19 payment of 350 euro (£307) per week for workers who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic is only available to people working and resident in the Republic.

Heather Humphreys has said people who live in the Republic but work in Northern Ireland are deemed to be “frontier workers”.

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Heather Humphreys announced a major expansion of support for business affected by Covid-19 (Photocall Ireland)

Heather Humphreys announced a major expansion of support for business affected by Covid-19 (Photocall Ireland)

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Heather Humphreys announced a major expansion of support for business affected by Covid-19 (Photocall Ireland)

“Under the legislation that currently exists, if you are laid off south of the border and you live in the north, you have to claim your social welfare in the country in which you live. That is the situation currently. I have asked the department of social protection to look at it and they examined it carefully.”

“They have not been able to find a way in which they can pay workers who live in Northern Ireland and work south of the border. If you are living in Monaghan and working in Northern Ireland, you will get the full benefit of the Covid-19 payment here. Regardless of what is available in Northern Ireland, you will get the full benefits as an Irish citizen living here.”

Ms Humphreys was joined by Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon to announce a major expansion of support for business affected by Covid-19 in Dublin on Wednesday.

The new support provide one billion euro in liquidity for struggling Irish businesses.

“Businesses can adapt and we are here to help.”

“I am announcing a major expansion of liquidity supports for all businesses impacted by Covid-19 to one billion euro. This is the first in a number of extra steps we will be taking to ease the pressure.”

Among the measures announced is the extension of support to get businesses trading online, worth 7.6 million euro.

The Working Capital Loan Scheme which provides liquidity to businesses will receive a further 250 million euro bringing the total fund to 450 million euro.

The Future Growth Loan Scheme will receive an additional 200 million euro that will be released in tranches to provide longer-term loans to firms that have been affected by Covid-19.

A 180 million euro Sustaining Enterprise Fund which will help companies in the manufacturing and international services sectors was also announced.

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