Press Release

Minister Lenihan announces Christmas bonus payment for children in care

Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (24 November, 2004) announced that a Christmas Bonus payment would be paid in respect of children in foster care and those in residential care.

The Minister is delighted to be in a position to make available a special Christmas Bonus payment this year for children in foster care to the amount of €107 per child in foster care.  The Minister also announced an additional special payment of €127 per child for those children in the residential care of the State.   “ I am delighted to be in a position to assist these children in some small way in having a happy Christmas” the Minister said.