The rate of unemployment increased rapidly in Ireland due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. However, to cushion the hardship on people due to the lockdown that took effect on the 27th of March 2020, the government introduced the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment of €350 a week for employees and self-employed people who have lost their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost all your employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students, non-EEA nationals and part-time workers can apply for the payment.
People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been told to self-isolate are also entitled to apply for Illness Benefit.
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