COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is paid to employees and the self-employed who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is paid at a flat rate of €350 per week, and will be in place for the duration of the crisis.

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, 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 PUP.

This payment is regarded as equivalent to employment income. 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 PUP 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 PUP as your weekly payment will exceed the €350 payable under PUP.


Apply online at; you will need a basic MyGovID.


Payment is made by electronic transfer into bank accounts held in Irish financial institutions. The payment is made every Tuesday once an application has been processed.

More information

See for full details.

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