Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said today that issues including the re-opening of the construction sector and the re-introduction of click-and-collect services will not be dealt with in isolation.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Minister Donohoe said the Government will "consider all issues try to get the balance right". 

"The Government has responsibility for everything. We've responsibility for all factors, and with responsibility for the health of our country.

"As continues to be the case, we are trying to get the balance right between all of this," Mr Donohoe stated. 

The Minister also said he is "taking very seriously" claims that insurers have issued new conditions on mortgage protection cover for those who have had Covid-19 or have underlying conditions.  

He said "it would be wrong" for blanket decisions to be made in relation to those who have had Covid-19, and that all decisions must be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Mr Donohoe said he is taking the issue "very seriously". 

He said that officials in the Department of Finance have now contacted insurance advisors in relation to this. 

"My understanding is that many of the decisions that have been made, relate to a deferral of a coverage decision, as opposed to the coverage decision actually be turned down," he said. 

He also said that the Minister of State Department of Finance with responsibility for Financial Services, Credit Unions and Insurance Sean Fleming will be raising the issue with the companies as well.

Paschal Donohoe said that lenders must make decisions on a case-by-case basis. 

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"While acknowledging that it is up to lenders to decide what loans they grant, I would equally be clear that the receipt of the employment wage subsidy scheme of itself should not be a reason why somebody cannot get a loan," he said. 

"It is just an acknowledgement that a company needs particular help at the moment, but there's every reason to believe that later on in the year that company, that job will be in a far better place," he added.