Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Christopher O’Sullivan is calling for the Government to introduce a €100 voucher for all over-65s who have received the Covid-19 vaccine, which they can spend on hotel accommodation and “eat in” food and drink for when society opens back up. 

Deputy O’Sullivan commented, “The over 65s have had to make huge sacrifices during this pandemic. Many would have had the pre pandemic habit of heading to their local hotel with family members for Sunday lunch. The fear is that this habit may not continue. This encourages old traditions to start up again. 

“Many over 65s have received no supports form the state during the pandemic. Pensioners are unable to avail of the PUP payment. A voucher scheme like this is the least we should be doing. I will also be calling for an increase and continuation of existing supports for the sector. 

Deputy O’Sullivan added: The hospitality sector is understandably frustrated with the current restrictions. March is usually the start of the season and business owners are having to cope with their premises being empty for the second year in a row. An initiative could help kick start the sector.