Neart Le Chéile - Stronger Together
'Neart Le Chéile' is an Irish expression meaning 'stronger together'. In unity our community will come through this stronger.
Welcome to our COVID-19 section
For over a decade UglyMugs.ie has been a free online safety scheme, bringing sex workers in Ireland together to share safety information. Until now, in our community, ‘safety’ has most often meant safety from abuse and crime. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new and extremely serious situation we all now face. Whilst abuse and crime, not health, is our area of expertise, we will be here during COVID-19 doing everything we can to help you stay safe in these changed and challenging times.
We would like to thank Escort-Ireland.com for putting up a hardship fund of €100,000 on 19th March 2020 for Irish sex workers in financial crisis due to COVID-19. As part of this, UglyMugs.ie is now working to administer the distribution of funds to those most in need. Visit Our Emergency Fund page for more information and to apply.
Our Health Information page highlights health-related information including for sex workers continuing to do in-person work at this time. It includes signposting to official health advice, health advice for migrants, sexual health and abortion information and links to sex worker friendly organisations.
If you are struggling financially at this time, we strongly recommend applying for social welfare supports from the government, if eligible, to help with your housing and living expenses. Hardship funds, including ours, mostly offer small, one-time emergency payments, and will not be able to support you long-term. It is therefore essential to consider applying for social welfare as soon as possible. See our Social Welfare page for more information.