Independent TD for Sligo-Leitrim Marc MacSharry has called on the Government to offset the impact of increases to the minimum wage through employer-specific measures.
Deputy MacSharry said supports last year were very welcome and he was hoping for similar supports for businesses this year. He said it was important to get the balance right.
Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Deputy MacSharry said it was widely accepted that the minimum wage increase was vital for workers but that employers shouldn't be made take the brunt of the expense alone:
Responding to Deputy MacSharry, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Neale Richmond said there will be supports announced in this year's Budget: