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Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week

Abolished in 2009, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014 and has increased to the current 85%.

THE CHRISTMAS BONUS will be paid to over 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week.

Payments totalling €219 million will be made to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents, long-term unemployed people and other recipients.

Numbers Source: Department Social Welfare

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Over 630,000 pensioners and 580,000 other social welfare recipients will receive the payment. The majority of people are expected to receive the bonus this week.

It’s paid at the rate of 85% of a person’s normal weekly payment.

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Percentage Source: Department Social Protection

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The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said, “I am very pleased that the Christmas bonus is being paid again this year.

Not only is it a welcome additional support for social welfare customers in the run-up to Christmas – in many cases, the money is spent locally and provides a real boost for local economies.

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