The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe has confirmed that two of the main business support schemes, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) and the Covid Restriction Support Scheme (CRSS), will remain in place for at least another four months.

Minister Donohoe called on businesses who are impacted by the pandemic to check their eligibility for the income and business support schemes that are available.

The Government has spent more than €11.5 billion on Covid-related direct income supports, such as the EWSS, PUP, TWSS, and the CRSS since the onset of the pandemic last year.

The EWSS and the CRSS will remain in place until June 30, as Minister Donohoe explained.

"The EWSS will play an important role in getting people back to work as public health restrictions are eased, thereby reducing the numbers dependent on social welfare payments over time, including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

"I would also remind employers of the availability of the CRSS, which will continue for those businesses who are required to prohibit or considerably restrict customers from accessing their premises as a result of the public health restrictions," he said.