There’s no such thing as a free lunch, even in the midst of coronavirus misery.

More than a million people have been receiving cash bailouts from the State since the virus shut down the Irish economy. Some lost their jobs altogether and have been receiving €350 a week compared to the standard jobseekers’ benefit of €203 a week. Others are being subsidised through their employer up to €410 a week.

At a time of great financial uncertainty for employees, their families and the businesses in which they work, the payments have been a lifeline even as they worry about the prospect of falling victim to the virus.

The State, conscious of the extraordinary times, moved quickly to ensure people had some financial security. However, such speed inevitably has repercussions and creates its own anomalies.



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