Ireland unveils 6.5 billion euro coronavirus business package

DUBLIN, May 2 (Reuters) - Ireland will allow firms impacted by the coronavirus crisis to warehouse tax liabilities for 12 months, offering a "lifeline" as part of an additional package of business supports that could reach 6.5 billion euros, the government announced on Saturday.

Commercial rates will also be written off for three months, a 2 billion euro credit guarantee scheme will be introduced for small and medium sized businesses and Ireland's sovereign wealth fund directed to make 2 billion euros of equity available for bigger companies, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said in a statement.

Ireland concentrated its initial 8 billion euro fiscal response on increased jobless payments and wage subsidies for affected employees, with 1 billion euros of liquidity supports offered directly to reeling firms. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin Editing by Frances Kerry)

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