Sinn Féin MLA Jemma Dolan has called on the Irish Government to pay ‘COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment’ to cross-border workers living in the North.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said:
“There are many people living in the north who work and pay taxes in the South but are receiving no support from the Irish Government.
“The Irish Government has launched a ‘COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment’ for people who have lost their jobs, however as it stands this does not apply to people who live in the north and work in the south.
“It’s vital that these cross-border workers who have lost their jobs can avail of this financial support from the Irish Government during this unprecedented crisis.
“This pandemic, and the necessary measures being taken to contain it, will have a huge impact on workers, families and the economy.
“The Irish government has a duty to ensure these workers are considered in any steps it is taking to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus on livelihoods.
“There needs to be cooperation between ministers at the level of the North South Ministerial Council to make sure these cross-border workers are not left in limbo.
“We have raised this issue with the Irish Government and will continue to seek full clarity to ensure workers are supported during this emergency.”