Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Covid-19 Pandemic

Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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601. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if small and medium companies supplying protective equipment to hospitals are deemed essential workers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6334/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Government advice provides that the manufacture of work-wear apparel or footwear and the manufacture of products necessary for the supply chain of essential services are deemed to be essential services. Further details are set out in  Employers are requested to refer to this guidance to decide whether their organisation is providing an essential service; it is not necessary to seek official authorisation

The supply of protective equipment is a very important part of assisting our frontline staff in fighting the Coronavirus and we welcome the contribution all such companies are making in the production of such supplies.

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