Supports to help employers cope with the impact of Covid-19 have already cost the State €9bn, the Minister for Finance has said.
The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) cost almost €3bn while its successor the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) has cost €2.8bn, with almost half a billion in PRSI foregone.
On top of that, the cost of the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) is approaching €500m and €2.3 billion of tax debt has been warehoused, Paschal Donohoe said.
In addition to that total €9bn, a further €6.5bn has been paid out under the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by the Department of Social Protection.
These figures do not include additional supports provided by a number of other departments to sectors such as live performance and tourism.
Mr Donohoe provided the information during a Dail motion on the extension of the EWSS and CRSS up to the end of June.
He said as of today 22,100 businesses have registered 25,900 premises for CRSS.
148,400 claims for CRSS payments of €478.9m for 24,600 premises have been made to date and €475.5m of this has been processed for payment.
48,900 employers have already registered with Revenue under the EWSS and over half a million employees have benefitted from it, he said.
Mr Donohoe said the estimated cost of extending the CRSS until the end of June is over €240m.
While the additional weeks of the EWSS will cost €1.167bn, with a further €180m arising from the continuation of the 0.5% reduced rate of Employers' PRSI.
Mr Donohoe reiterated the Government commitment to there being no cliff-edge end to the economic supports.
The minister also said that the adaptability and innovation shown by businesses and consumers is borne out by high frequency, real-time economic data published by the Department of Finance.
It shows that the impact of the current set of restrictions is around half that of the spring 2020 lockdown.