Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (572)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

572. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the cost of the Christmas bonus by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49880/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Christmas Bonus, paid to over 1.2 million long-term social welfare recipients, is estimated to cost over €279 million in 2019. This cost comprises nearly €123 million for social assistance scheme recipients and over €156 million for Social Insurance Fund scheme recipients.

The estimated cost per county, detailed in the following table, is based on the number of recipients by eligible scheme for the Christmas Bonus in the respective counties.

There is approximately €3.9m of the Christmas Bonus estimated cost due to pensioners who are in receipt of a contributory pension and who live outside Ireland.

County

Carlow

Cavan

Clare

Cork

Donegal

Dublin

Galway

Cost of Christmas Bonus

€4.1m

€4.4m

€7.1m

€30.9m

€11.2m

€69.3m

€14.3m

County

Kerry

Kildare

Kilkenny

Laois

Leitrim

Limerick

Longford

Cost of Christmas Bonus

€9.8m

€10.8m

€4.8m

€4.3m

€2.3m

€13m

€3m

County

Louth

Mayo

Meath

Monaghan

Offaly

Roscommon

Sligo

Cost of Christmas Bonus

€8.3m

€9.1m

€8.6m

€3.6m

€4.9m

€4.1m

€4.4m

County

Tipperary

Waterford

Westmeath

Wexford

Wicklow

Cost of Christmas Bonus

€11.1m

€8m

€5.6m

€10.3m

€8.1m