It includes people who’ve been on the PUP for four months.

1.6 million people will get a social welfare Christmas bonus, on the week beginning December 7th.

A 100 per cent bonus will be paid to long-term recipients, like pensioners and people with disabilities.

While people on the pandemic unemployment payment will also get it, if they’ve been on the scheme for at least four months.

It will be the largest ever Christmas bonus this year, with payments totalling 390 million euro.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys, who announced the details of the bonuses today, said: “As an exceptional measure this year, people who are receiving PUP or another Jobseeker’s payment for four months or longer will receive the Bonus.  There are many individuals and families who have lost their job or business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and have been out of work for several months now. The Bonus will help to ease the financial burden on them at this very difficult time.

“Any person in receipt of PUP for any one day from Friday, November 27th to Thursday, December 3rd, can rest assured that they will still receive the Christmas Bonus payment on Tuesday, December 8th as long as they also meet the 17-week requirement. I wanted to ensure that people who returned to work next week following the easing of restrictions did not miss out on the bonus payment.”