‘The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present us with unprecedented economic and social challenges. Never before has an Irish Government acted so swiftly, and so strongly, to an economic emergency. The focus of the July stimulus package is on measures that immediately and directly support the economy and help to actively retain and create jobs. The core objective of the measures contained in the Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No.2) Bill is to foster economic activity, support businesses and get as many people back to work as quickly as possible. This Bill which is part of the wider Stimulus Plan is designed to get businesses back on their feet, bring back confidence to consumers and kick-start the economy.