March 22, 2020 / 1:29 PM / 15 days ago

Ireland readying "significant" coronavirus income aid -deputy PM

DUBLIN, March 22 (Reuters) - Ireland will introduce a significant financial package next week for those who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus-related disruption and others at risk of becoming unemployed, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday.

“I want to reassure people that the government are going to introduce a significant and supportive economic package in the coming days that will go well beyond what we have announced to date,” Coveney told national broadcaster RTE.

“That will treat everybody equally, so in other words we are not going to separate the people who have lost their jobs to date to the people who may lose their jobs next week ... We want to do something that provides, if you like, a guaranteed level of income for everybody across the country.” (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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