He said the hospitality sector will need the most Government support.

The Taoiseach says the recession as a result of COVID-19 will not be as bad as the crash 10 years ago.

He said today that he expects sectors such as construction and retail to bounce back quickly.

The Government estimates that GDP will decline by 10 per cent in 2020, while the unemployment rate is forecast to peak at 25 per cent.

Leo Varadkar says the hospitality sector will need the most Government support.

”Hospitality, tourism, travel, leisure and entertainment – that’s the sector that was hit first and worst and will be affected for the longest”, he said.

”Therefore it’s going to be one of the sectors that’s going to need the maximum amount of assistance and support, not just this year but in the medium term”.