Citizens Information

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Ireland is trying to reduce transmission of the virus by implementing a range of measures.

As a result of the restrictions, many businesses have been forced to lay off staff or reduce their working hours.

This document gives a summary of social welfare payments for people:

  • With no work or reduced hours
  • Who are sick or who are looking after someone who is sick
  • Who cannot work because they are looking after children

It also gives information about the new 2-week payment schedule for most social welfare payments. The information set out here may change in the weeks ahead so please check back as we will continue to add information as it is announced.