Tánaiste Leo Varadkar mentioned that though many sectors are recovering comparatively rapidly from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, “a easy restoration is actually not assured” and that there will likely be layoffs in some corporations.
The Minister for Enterprise, Commerce and Employment mentioned, nevertheless, that “extra persons are anticipated to work than ever earlier than” subsequent 12 months.
Mr Varadkar responded to questions from Sinn Fein TD Louise O’Reilly on Thursday on the Dail relating to the estimated variety of layoffs anticipated because of the pandemic in 2022.
“We face a pandemic and but the economic system is rising in a short time within the face of this pandemic,” mentioned Varadkar.
“2.4 million individuals work. We imagine there will likely be extra individuals working in Eire subsequent 12 months than ever earlier than. Most sectors are doing very effectively, however there are some sectors which were hit actually arduous. “
He mentioned there are two economies in Eire, sectors which were affected by Covid-19 and people who haven’t been affected by Covid-19.
He mentioned the variety of individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Profit (PUP) fell to 54,824 on the finish of November, the bottom ever. 5,452 potential layoffs have been reported in 2019, 12,514 in 2020 and seven,500 this 12 months, based on Varadkar.
The Tánaiste additionally mentioned that as Minister for Enterprise, Commerce and Employment he would preserve a “wholesome skepticism” about extra Covid-19 restrictions.
“I hate when a enterprise is closed or restricted. As Minister of Labor, I actually hate it when somebody is fired, particularly for the second or third time, ”he mentioned.
“As a politician who believes in private freedom and freedom, I hate it when individuals’s particular person freedoms, our household life, are restricted in any means by governments, however generally it’s vital.
“Each time we impose restrictions on individuals and firms, I feel we’ve got to ask questions – the place is the proof, will this work, are there options? I really feel chargeable for this and can proceed to take action, particularly if additional restrictions are proposed within the coming weeks. “
Mr Varadkar mentioned the restrictions introduced final Friday have been “a bitter tablet and a deep disappointment for all of us”.
“They’ve been a extreme blow, notably to sectors such because the hospitality, arts, occasions, leisure and recreation that depend on December to information them by different elements of the 12 months,” he added.