The Christmas bonus will be paid to some 1.4 million long-term social welfare recipients next week, the Government has confirmed.
The bonus, which is being paid at the full rate of 100%, was flagged in the last budget.
Recipients include pensioners, carers, people with disabilities, and lone parents.
This year, long-term recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will also receive the bonus.
The Department of Social Protection said time spent on the PUP by customers who have since moved to a jobseeker’s payment will count towards reaching the 12-month requirement.
Announcing the Christmas bonus, Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said: “Christmas is a special time of the year but it can be a particularly expensive period for individuals and families.
“Therefore, I’m really pleased to announce that a 100% Christmas bonus will once again be paid this year, benefitting almost 1.4 million people.
“As a former Minister for Business, I know that our retail community is still feeling the impact of Covid-19.
“These past two years have been so difficult for our small and medium businesses. I am therefore urging everyone to consider spending the Christmas bonus locally this year.
“If we keep our business in our towns, we will keep our towns in business.”