Irish Government Supports 

Information for employees and the self-employed

A number of income supports are available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Click here for more information.

Information for employers

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has introduced a refund scheme for employers. Click here for more information.

Apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

This payment is available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost their employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.

Apply for Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences

When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment of €305 per week. Click here for more information.

Social Welfare COVID-19 Contacts

Includes contact information for DEASP Income Support Helpline for COVID-19, COVID-19 Illness Benefit, Illness Benefit, Jobseeker’s Payments, Exceptional needs payments and more. Click here for more information. 

Latest updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from DEASP

The department is committed to providing information and updates as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation evolves. Click here for more information. 

UK Government Supports  

What the government is doing to support businesses

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Click here for more information. 

Check if you can get statutory sick pay (SSP)

If you’re self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can get SSP if you’re eligible. You should tell your employer as soon as possible. Click here for more information. 

Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit

Information before you claim, making and managing a claim and signing into your universal credit account. Click here for more information. 

Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed. Click here for more information. 

UK businesses trading internationally

This guidance will advise UK businesses on Department for International Trade support for UK business trading internationally and financial support for business trading internationally. Click here for more information. 

Your rights if your hours are cut or you’re laid off

Overview information, guarantee pay, applying for redundancy and extra work or claiming benefits. Click here for more information. 

What to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment. How you contact HMRC depends on what you need to pay. Click here for more information. 

How to keep your employees safe

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Click here for more information. 

How to clean workplaces safely (non-healthcare settings)

This guidance covers the cleaning of environments in the community. Click here for more information. 

Check what you need to do about Statutory Sick Pay

Emergency legislation is being brought forward for employees who are self-isolating because of coronavirus (COVID-19). They will be able to get SSP from the first day they are off work. This will begin from 13 March. Click here for more information. 

Find out what to do for different businesses and organisations

Find guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations. Click here for more information.