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Ó Caoláin welcomes move by Government on payment to Centenarians north of the border

9 May, 2006

Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has today welcomed the Irish Government’s move to extend payments of the Centenarian’s bounty to any Irish citizen born on the whole island of Ireland.  Deputy Ó Caoláin had raised the issue in the Dáil this afternoon.   During the course of his response the Taoiseach said, "Under the new arrangements, payment of the bounty, which amounts to €2,500, will be extended in respect of any Irish citizen who was born on the island of Ireland, regardless of where he or she may currently reside."

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "I welcome this move by the Government to extend the Centenarian’s bounty to all Irish citizens born on the island of Ireland, north and south.  It was wrong that this wasn’t always the case.

"I would also like to welcome the fact that the Taoiseach has responded positively to the demand to have the payment applied retrospectively so that those who have already reached or surpassed their 100th birthday can apply for it, irrespective of where they live, north, south or overseas. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all individuals who may qualify for this payment or their families and friends to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, as they have been tasked with the management of the scheme, or your local Sinn Féin representative to get application details." ENDS

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