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Gardai operating PUP checkpoints with Department of Social Protection in Kilkenny

Checkpoints have been reported in Kildare and Dublin, and have most recently popped up in the Kilkenny/Carlow region.

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Gardai operate a PUP checkpoint

Gardai operate a PUP checkpoint

Gardai operate a PUP checkpoint

Officials are verifying Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) eligibility at checkpoints across the country.

The Department of Social Protection have confirmed that they are cooperating with gardaí and are operating a number of checkpoints to confirm that those receiving PUP are entitled to it.

Checkpoints have been reported in Kildare and Dublin, and have most recently popped up in the Kilkenny/Carlow region.

An Garda Síochána confirmed that a checkpoint has been in operation since this morning, saying: “Kilkenny Roads Policing Unit are today Operating a Multi-Agency Checkpoint in the County, with Officers from the Department of Social Protection.

“The objective of this checkpoint, along with normal Roads Policing enforcement, is for the DSP to ensure the continued eligibility of PUP recipients.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection said: “As part of a number of initiatives to detect and prevent fraud and abuse of the social welfare system, the Department of Social Protection participates in Multi Agency Vehicle Checks (MAVCs) on an ongoing basis throughout the country.

“These MAVCs have been a feature of the Department’s control strategy for a number of years. In addition to the detection aspect they also provide an important deterrent effect.

“MAVCs are set up by An Garda Síochana and planned in consultation with other participating agencies; the Department, Revenue and Customs. They focus on vehicle tax evasion, road traffic or road safety irregularities, Revenue Customs irregularities or suspected social welfare fraud.

“The timing and location of these checks vary with checks carried out on different days of the week and for different durations.

“The main duty of Social Welfare Investigative staff who participate in these checkpoints is the detection and prevention of suspected fraud and abuse of the social welfare system, including the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and special powers are provided for in Social Welfare Legislation for this purpose.”

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