The issue of people being paid more than they were getting prior to the pandemic will also be looked at.

The future of the Covid-19 welfare payments will be known by the end of next week, the Taoiseach has said.

The pandemic unemployment payment and wage subsidy scheme are due to expire next month.

Almost 40% of people claiming the unemployment payment are financially better off than they were when in employment.

Leo Varadkar confirmed they’re working on tidying up the scheme.

”We’ll have that sorted out by the end of May and we’ll know how long we’re extending it too, he said.

”And secondly we will try and deal with this issue of people getting more than they were earning prior to the pandemic, but I wouldn’t envisage people being worse off”.