Important notice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection are introducing various measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Illness payment measures in place

There have been 3 major changes announced:

  • The current 6-day waiting period for Illness Benefit will not apply to anyone who has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or is in medically-required self-isolation
  • The personal rate of Illness Benefit will increase from €203 per week to €350 per week for a maximum of 2 weeks medically-required self-isolation of for the full duration of absence from work following a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
  • The normal social insurance requirements for Illness Benefit will be changed or the means test for Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be removed


Out of work payment measures in place

If you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak you can apply for Emergency payments and Jobseeker payments. The following measures now apply:

  • If you have become unemployed as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) you can apply for a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This is an emergency payment for a 12 week duration with a rate of €350 per week, during which time you must apply for the standard Jobseeker’s application. To apply select COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
  • Once you have applied for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment we recommend you apply for Jobseeker’s supports as soon as possible
  • If you have been laid off temporarily without pay, you  can apply for a Jobseeker’s Allowance/Benefit
  • If you are self-employed and your business has closed, you can apply for Jobseeker’s Benefit (self-employed)
  • If you can no longer go to the post office to collect exisiting scheme payments due to self-isolation and social distancing, you can change your payment method to a bank transfer so you receive your payment directly to your bank account

Applying online

To apply for these online services, you will need to have a MyGovID account. MyGovID is a safe, secure way to access these services safely and quickly

There are two levels of MyGovID account - basic and verified. You can access these online services using either level of account. However your application will likely be processed quicker if you have a verified account

Other resources

You can access public health advice about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at the government’s information page