Heather Humphreys: “Some €55.2m has been paid out in pandemic unemployment payments this week, supporting almost 206,000 people.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the special Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by over 11,500 over the last week to 205,593 . However, (...)

Minister of Social Protection Heather Humphreys: “Throughout this pandemic, we have taken decisions that we never thought we would have to make.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by 3,600 to 206,341 over the last week. However the Minister for(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: in the last seven days, 9,974 people have closed their claim for the payment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by nearly 10,000 to 209,941 over the last week. The Department o(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys urged workers in Kildare, Laois and Offaly who were affected by the new Covid-19 restrictions to apply for the pandemic unemployment payment. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nearly 30,000 people receiving the Government’s pandemic unemployment payment could lose the benefit from next week unless they confirm their continue(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: ‘This week sees a further decrease in the number of people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of people receiving the Government’s special Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by about 12,300 over the last week. The Dep(...)

The main sectors where employees are returning to work are accommodation and food services; wholesale and retail trade;  construction and the motor trade. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people receiving the Government’s special pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by 31,800 in the past week to 313,800, the Department(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys:  said last week had seen the highest number of people returning to work since the Covid-19 crisis began in March. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

About 63,000 people have closed their claim for the Government’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the last week. Minister for Social Protection Heath(...)

Assuming the aspiring coalition partners do go into government, changes on both the state pension age and a move to the new Total Contributions Approach (TCA) will be put on ice pending the deliberations of a yet to be formed pensions commission.

Is the new Pensions Commission being set up by the putative coalition to look at changes in the pension age and other things likely to include discuss(...)

The Department of Social Protection said a further 2,400 employees are returning to accommodation and food service activities. File photograph: Getty

The number of people receiving the Government’s special Covid-19 unemployment payment has fallen below the 500,000 mark, the Department of Social Prot(...)

If there is any tax owing at the end of the year, Revenue  will  collect this by  adjusting your tax credits.

Who is entitled to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment? The payment, which is a flat rate lump sum of €350 a week, is paid to anyone who has lost their(...)

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