Increase of 550 people receiving PUP in Galway this week

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A total of 3,836 people have received the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week in Galway – an increase of over 550 on last week.

Weekly payments valued at €19.3 million were paid to 75,648 people this week, which represents an increase of 8,743 on last week’s figure.

These figures are in addition to the 164,626 people who were on the Live Register at the end of November.

Over €9 billion has been paid in Pandemic Unemployment Payments since the start of the pandemic.

Minister Heather Humphreys said that the increasing number of people receiving the Enhanced Illness Benefit demonstrates “just how easily this virus can spread.”

“This financial support is there for any employee or the self-employed person who cannot work because they have been diagnosed with the virus or they have to self-isolate,” said Minister Humphreys.

“My Department is processing the applications for this payment as quickly as possible. The quickest and easiest way to apply for this payment is online through”