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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Direct Provision residents will now be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Ireland

People eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has now been extended to people living in Direct Provision after they were originally excluded from the scheme.

The Assistant General Sectretary to An Taoiseach said the payment is “payable where a person meets the conditions of the scheme:  they must have been in employment immediately before 13 March, lost their employment because of the pandemic and are not in receipt of income from their employer”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that people living in Direct Provision would be treated the same as citizens in relation to Covid-19 social protection.

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