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Over-66s don't get €350 payment as 'sum would need to go to all pensioners'

Exclusion for those who lost job due to 'legal advice'

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Christy and Mary Ruane, of Glentane, Co Galway, had to close their family pub due to the coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Mark Condren

Christy and Mary Ruane, of Glentane, Co Galway, had to close their family pub due to the coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Mark Condren

Christy and Mary Ruane, of Glentane, Co Galway, had to close their family pub due to the coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Mark Condren

The Government excluded over-66s who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis from the €350-a-week emergency unemployment payment due to legal advice that all pensioners would have to be paid the same sum.

The explanation for the denial of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Covid-19 PUP) was provided by junior minister Ciarán Cannon to one family who were affected.

Christy and Mary Ruane, of Glentane, Co Galway, had to close their family pub due to the coronavirus restrictions.


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