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Coronavirus explainer: Emergency pandemic unemployment payments - what you're entitled to if you're out of work

How staff and the self-employed can access social welfare supports

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How staff and the self-employed can access social welfare supports (Stock image)

How staff and the self-employed can access social welfare supports (Stock image)

Picture: Mark Condren

How staff and the self-employed can access social welfare supports (Stock image)

NEW emergency payments have been announced for workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With 70,000 layoffs estimated in the restaurant and pub industry alone, it is likely that the number of people forced to apply for social welfare payments will surge.

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Regina Doherty. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Regina Doherty. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Regina Doherty. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has announced a new payment called the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment.