Covid-19 unemployment payment

  • Almost 15,000 people in Co Mayo received the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment today, while the number nationally receiving the payment is over half a million.

    54,000 of those are receiving the payment for the first time.

    Figures released today by the Department of Social Protection show 14,900 people in Mayo are receiving the €350 euro per week payment today, with 29,100 people in Galway, 6,300 in Roscommon and 7,000 in Sligo also receiving the Covid-19 Unemployment payment, which was due to reach the recipients' bank accounts or local Post Office today.

    This is in addition to the 210,000 people on the Live Register, while over 42,000 employers have registered for the Temporary Wage Subsidy scheme. 

    The Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says that with just over 50,000 additional payments approved in the last week, it would suggest we are perhaps reaching a plateau in terms of those on the Covid payment.


  • The IFA has welcomed clarification from the Department that a farmer who has incurred a substantial loss of income as a result of restrictions can qualify for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

    It means that fulltime farmers who cannot sell their stock and therefore have no income can claim the payment, while part-time farmers who have lost off-farm employment and suffered substantial loss of income can also qualify.

    The IFA says farmers in  receipt of Farm Assist payments are not entitled to the Covid-19  Unemployment Payment.  However, if their income has deteriorated as a result of restrictions or loss of income, they can look for a reassessment of the Farm Assist. 

    Farmers  in receipt of the Rural Social Scheme is not entitled to the Covid-19 payment, but the existing payment is maintained.

  • The Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is worth €350 per week, should be extended to people over the age of 66 who are still working.

    That's the view of Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who says he's been contacted by a number of people over 66 who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus but are excluded from receiving this payment.

    Deputy Calleary is calling on the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty to review the scheme and ensure that older workers are treated the same as younger workers during this crisis.

  • Workers who are returning to work today, and who had  been claiming the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment are advised to close their claim for the payment today, to make sure they will not lose out in getting their payment for this week.

    The payment is due tomorrow.

    The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection says workers who will be returning to work anytime after today should close their claim for the PUP payment on the actual date that they start back at work.

    The easiest way to close a claim for the unemployment payment is online at

    The Department also operates a helpline at 1890 800 024.