Covid-19 Information

Following is some information from the government on covid-19 as well as some information from various sources which we felt might be helpful for our church and Ranelagh community.

Government Advice

For all the latest advice from the HSE regarding covid-19, please visit the HSE website.

For an overview of government help schemes concerning, health, employment, mortgages, loans, utilities, education etc during this time. Source: Citizens Information

Helpful Resources

We have compiled some information which we thought might be helpful. The information below is not meant to be exhaustive.

Working from home – tax relief

If you have been asked by your employer to work from home, RTE News wrote an article on 20 March about how you might be able to claim tax relief.

Last updated: 27 March

People who have lost employment

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has announced a new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

This new payment will be available to all employees and the self-employed who have lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment has a simple one–page application form and will be paid for a period of 6 weeks at a flat rate payment of €203 per week for jobseekers. It is designed to quickly deliver a social welfare payment to people who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic and give income security during this 6-week period.

You can get the application form on (pdf).

If your employer reduces your hours to 3 days or less per week from your normal full-time hours, you can apply for a payment called Short Time Work Support which is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit.

Find out more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Last updated: 27 March

People who are ill

There are changes to the Illness Benefit and Supplementary Welfare Allowance rules to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus. These changes require legislation which is expected shortly.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are medically required to self-isolate, you can get enhanced Illness Benefit or Supplementary Welfare Allowance. When the legislation is completed, workers will be entitled to any arrears due from 9 March when the new payment rates begin.

If you are on an employment programme such as Community Employment.

Last updated: 27 March

Making Connections, Befriending & Supports in callaboration with HSE frontline staff covering all of South Dublin

Providing the following supports: 100 volunteers available for practical deliveries open to all ages

– Can share HSE advice about Coronavirus as well as signposting other services

– phone line 01 2951053 open 8am- 8pm providing practical information, advice and emotional support

Aware – You Supporting Light Through Depression

Tel. 1800 80 48 48

KARE Social Services

Tel. 01 8058433

Meals On Wheels 

Irish Rural Link

Tel. 0906 482744

Meals on Wheels 

Age Action Ireland

Tel. 01 475 6989 

We have trained information officers providing information over the phone, email and social media on issues facing older people.

Friends of the Elderly

Tel. 01 8731855

Friends of the Elderly works hard to provide a wide range of social programmes for older people who would benefit from a friendly chat or a social outing. With the help of our many dedicated volunteers and donors we provide companionship, support, social engagement, inter-generational activities and community-based services.


Tel. 0818 222 024

ALONE provides Housing with Support, Support Coordination, Befriending, BConnect training and technology, and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis.

St Vincent De Paul

Tel. 01 8848200

There are a wide range of supports we can offer you, from practical help and advice, to a friendly ear all in the strictest of confidence.

Senior Line

Tel. 046 9557766

Confidential Listening Services for Older People


Tel. 116 123

You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.