Hardship Fund For Pensioners Hit By COVID-19 Launched

A grant system to assist older people who are struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus crisis will open for applications today.

The COVID-19 Hardship Fund, which is being backed by the Irish Red Cross and Age Action, will support those over 65, who are faced with increased costs during this period of isolation.

One-off grants of €500 per person, per household will be issued to those deemed eligible, with applications available by contacting either organisation.


Treasurer with the Ennis branch of the Irish Red Cross James Lafferty says the money can be used for a variety of purposes.