The government yesterday performed a swift U-turn on banning people on the pandemic unemployment payment from travelling abroad.
It emerged earlier this week that people in receipt of the PUP and the jobseekers’ allowance were having their payments halted after being questioned at Dublin Airport.
On Tuesday night Heather Humphreys, the social protection minister, defended the policy and said the government wanted to restrict the movement of people due to pandemic.
But Ms Humphreys told the Dáil yesterday that people on the payment would not have it cut off if travelling to countries on the “green list”.
It came as 14 new cases of the virus were confirmed in Ireland yesterday, but no deaths. There have now been 25,942 cases in total, and