Monday October 26, 2020

Martin predicts up to 50,000 new PUP applications due to Level 3 move

The pressure on people with disabilities and the backlog in cancer care were also outlined as some of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

7th October, 2020
Numbers on the PUP could increase to 256,000 this week, according to the Taoiseach. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/

At a time when grim news is already in abundance, Taoiseach Micheál Martin had some more to impart.

He told the Dáil that 17,000 more people had applied for the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) on Tuesday, after the announcement of the move to Level 3 restrictions for the whole country.

And he predicted that the number of people making new applications for the PUP could rise to 40,000 or 50,000 by the end...

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