The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue has confirmed that 100% of Christmas bonus will be paid to all social welfare recipients in 2019.
The news comes as many social welfare recipients feared that Fine Gael would pull the bonus this year as the budget was expected to be harsh.
Other social welfare payments will see the Living Alone allowance increase by €5, while the One Parent Family payment will go up by €15.
There will be an increase in the qualified child payment by a further €3 for over 12s and €2 for under 12s.
The fuel allowance will also increase by €2 per week for recipients.
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