Seanad debates

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Social Welfare (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage

 

1:00 pm

Emer Currie (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the Minister to what is usually the Dáil Chamber. It must feel strange.

I welcome the Bill and how the PUP is being placed on a statutory footing. I also welcome the clarity that the Minister has given people in recent days, especially concerning those sectors that have not yet opened.

I enjoyed Senator McCallion's humorous references to tongue twisters and flip-flops. However, I laughed out loud at her advice on how to work in a coalition and put public health rather than party politics first and her comments about how those who made the rules should be accountable for them. Perhaps she should communicate that to her own party and call for similar levels of support in the North for a PUP like the one we have.

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