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Heather Humphreys told Micheál Martin: 'PUP row must be resolved'

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Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Pic Steve Humphreys

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Pic Steve Humphreys

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Pic Steve Humphreys

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys contacted the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in the hours before her Dáil speech to insist people on welfare should be permitted to travel to green-list countries without having their payments stopped.

After facing a barrage of Opposition criticism on Tuesday, Ms Humphreys met with her officials yesterday morning and said a solution had to be found to bring an end to the controversy surrounding the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and the Jobseeker's Allowance.

The minister insisted they had to undo measures that penalised those in receipt of the payments for travelling abroad.