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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment


  • Payment of €350 per week for employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Flat rate of €350 per week for the duration of the pandemic emergency.

Qualifying criteria:

  • To qualify you must:
    • be aged between 18 and 66 years old, and
    • live in the Republic of Ireland, and
    • have lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic – or – if you are self-employed and have ceased trading due to the pandemic
  • If you voluntarily left your employment or self-employment or do not meet the above criteria, you cannot claim the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.
  • This payment is regarded as equivalent to employment income; you can therefore retain existing welfare payments.
  • If you were working and also in receipt of any social welfare payment (i.e. Carer's Payment, Working Family Payment, One-Parent Family Payment), you can also claim the COVID-19 unemployment payment while retaining your existing welfare payment.
  • If you have one dependant adult and one or more dependant children you should claim a Jobseeker's Payment instead of the COVID-19 Pandemic Payment as your weekly payment will exceed the €350 COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Scheme duration:

  • The scheme will be in place for the duration of the crisis.



  • Made by electronic transfer only.
  • Paid only into bank accounts held in Irish financial institutions.
  • Paid every Tuesday once an application is processed.

Useful links:


  • Employees placed temporarily on a shorter working week may qualify for Short Time Work Support –
  • On 24 March the Government announced an increase in the rate of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment from €203 to €350. Anyone who applied before this date or is already in receipt of the payment does not need to do anything; the next payment will be paid at the increased rate.


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