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Welfare confirms late payments have been made

The Department of Social Protection says that the payments to 32,700 customers have been processed by electronic transfer.

Social welfare queue in Dublin (File photo)
Social welfare queue in Dublin (File photo)
Image: Photocall Ireland

SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS that were delayed by 24 hours have now been paid to all customers according to the Department of Social Protection.

The department had pledged yesterday that the late payments, which affected approximately 32,700 customers, would be paid by electronic transfer by 8.00 am this morning and welfare officials have now confirmed that this has occurred.

The delay was said to have been due to a “a once off processing issue” and affected 15 different social welfare payments.

The Department of Social Protection, which said it very much regretted the delay to customers, made payments to 1.5 million people last year.

When qualified adults and children are included, almost 2.3 million people benefited from weekly welfare payments with total payments €20.7 billion in 2012.

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