Minister for Health Simon Harris, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan at a press briefing in Government Buildings earlier today

This evening.

Ingrid Miley, of RTÉ, reports:

The Government is to introduce emergency legislation in the Dáil to amend the rules on sick pay, which will see Illness Benefit rise from €203 per week to €305.

It will be available from the first day of illness rather than after six days as at present, and conditionality will be waived to allow the self employed to receive it.

There will be no minimum number of PRSI contributions, but medical certification will be required.

Emergency legislation aims to amend rules on sick pay (RTÉ)


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16 thoughts on “How Much?

    1. GiggidyGoo

      The application questions will be interesting – as will be the decisions. As will be the length of time the payment would be made. Currently the incubation period is 14 days. Will that be the length of time the payment is made?

      The current advice is to phone the GP, who then decides whether you should phone the HSE directly. The GP doesn’t see you then. So is there the number of staff available to do the testing, and who actually issues a sick cert? And if it’s reviewed after the incubation period, are there enough staff to do the second, third, fourth tests because the patients won’t be in hospital due to a shortage of incubation beds.

  1. Niallo

    You watch how fast this gets rolled back once we get out the other side of this.
    Unlike that other temporary measure, USC.

    1. Clampers Outside

      Ridiculous to compare the two like that.
      And we’re far from out the other side with regard to the latter.

      1. some old queen

        Apart from figuring how to apply online without a PSC- in what way should the new sick be by more finically entitled than the old?

        Genuine question.

    2. Cian

      USC has replaced both the health levy and the income levy.
      So technically yes it still exists, but practically two older taxes were removed leaving USC.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Jeez would you ever give up. The health and income levies were consolidated into a newly-named levy. The only reason being so that new income and health levies could be introduced.
        Technically it still exists? So what is that thing named USC on playslips – something technical? G’way for gods sake and stop the diversions.

    1. D

      well you could ask the same about the civil and public servants who really run the show. personally I don’t mind how long the no governance situation goes on. ‘look sure, it’s all the one’

    2. GiggidyGoo

      Less than 9000 votes and elected on the fifth count. That qualifies you to be Taoiseach these days.

      1. Rosette of Sirius

        In the infantile world of populist quips, maybe. But then in the real world of constitutional law, of course it does. Your beef is with Bunreacht na hÉireann so you can always lobby your local Sinn Fein TD to tear it up….

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