Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
I have received the correspondence referred to from the Hairdressing Council of Ireland. I can confirm that I will be responding to the Council to address their concerns in the coming days.
Since this crisis began, I have engaged with businesses and responded by putting in place a broad range of business supports. I have convened numerous meetings of the Enterprise and Retail forums, which I chair, and met other representatives of employers and employees and the response back has been very positive. I will continue to maintain that dialogue with stakeholders so that we can work towards getting people back to work safely.
The Government recognises that the COVID-19 emergency has had an unprecedented impact on our economy, as well as society. It is acknowledged that as the reopening of the economy begins, businesses will require significant additional supports on top of the existing measures such as income support schemes and enhanced liquidity supports. However, it is important to note that all decisions taken by Government on the timing of any lifting of restrictions will be guided by the public health advice at the time.