Centenarians abroad to get birthday bonus

Tue, Mar 28, 2006, 01:00

Centenarians living outside the State are to be included on the €2,540 birthday bonus list after the Government agreed to the move in principle today.

Traditionally the money has only been paid to those still living in the State, but it will now be applicable to anyone born here, regardless of where they reside.

The Centenarians' Bounty is not just a practical gesture, it is also a token of regard.
An Taoiseach

Speaking today the Taoiseach said: "Over the past decades, hundreds of thousands of our people emigrated out of economic necessity.

"They made a huge contribution not only to their adopted country but very many of them continued to contribute to their family in Ireland by sending home remittances.

"The Centenarians' Bounty is not just a practical gesture, it is also a token of regard. It is appropriate therefore that this regard should be extended equally to Irish people wherever they are in the world.

"At a time in life for older emigrants when friends and family in Ireland may no longer be as numerous as they once were it is a fitting gesture that the State should acknowledge their 100th birthday," the Taoiseach added.

A working group is to be established to discuss the administration of the new arrangements.