Around the beginning of July, staff in the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) began hearing rumours that a new memo was being circulated around the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
The memo, from what they could tell, appeared to advise departmental officials that if any recipients of the €350 a week Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) asked about leaving the country they should be encouraged not to do so.
“We had heard...
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