PUP supports can continue the current March end finish line until next summer.
The finance minister gave high hopes to the uncertain workers in the future celebrating Christmas with promise.
Pascal Donoho said he and his government colleagues would consider ensuring basic pay for those who are unable to work as much as needed due to Kovid.
Donoho said the government is opening up their options and will continue to make pandemic payments until the entire country is vaccinated.
In 2021, the Donovan government issued a two-pronged mission statement, “Defeat Kovid and bring our country back to work.”
But he pointed out that before things get back to normal and the economy is fully open, important PUP payments will remain for many while vaccines are being prepared.
The minister was asked directly by RTE’s Morning Ireland whether the PUP would continue in March until the vaccination program was completed.
Mr Donoho said it would be considered.
He said: “We will make that decision in 2021.
We have made wise and firm decisions on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, but it is also a right payment, it is fair and it should be there. ”
However, the minister pointed out that PUP is not cheap, costing $ 100 million a week for an exchequer.
In 2021 our country has two jobs, which is very important, to defeat Kovid and bring our country back to work. Donoho said.