Local Dublin Mid-West TD, Frances Fitzgerald is assuring locals that the Government has no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus.
“I can confirm that Minister Doherty has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient.
“I know many people have been concerned in recent days following reports in the media regarding discontinuing the Christmas Bonus.
“I understand that there were suggestions that the bonus was under threat – however, I want to assure everybody that this is absolutely incorrect. As is always the case, there is currently no provision for a Christmas bonus in the Department of Social Protection's allocation for 2018, the decision to pay a Christmas Bonus is made at budget time every year.
“I was contacted by a number of concerned constituents on this issue and I am happy to be in a position to clarify that the Government has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient.
“The Christmas Bonus was abolished in 2009 by under the Fianna Fáil Government. As the economy recovered, I was very pleased to see it reinstated by Fine Gael in 2014 at the rate of 25%. “This was increased to a 75% payment in 2015 and further increased to 85% in 2016 and 2017,” the Fine Gael TD concluded.