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Laid-off workers set for major hike in €203 payment in new support package

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Last orders: Gardaí were called to assist with traffic management after queues of cars backed up onto a main road outside at McDonalds outlet in Ennis, Co Clare. Picture: Press 22

Last orders: Gardaí were called to assist with traffic management after queues of cars backed up onto a main road outside at McDonalds outlet in Ennis, Co Clare. Picture: Press 22

Last orders: Gardaí were called to assist with traffic management after queues of cars backed up onto a main road outside at McDonalds outlet in Ennis, Co Clare. Picture: Press 22

Thousands of workers are set to get an increase in the €203 a week emergency coronavirus payment as part of a new income support package during the pandemic.

Sources said the Government is about to announce a "substantial" hike in the Covid-19 social protection payment and is considering a subsidy for employers to keep staff on their payroll.

They said the details of the package were still under discussion yesterday.