Welfare Ireland: All payment changes ahead of double bank holiday weekend

This weekend will see a special double holiday, with most workers enjoying Thursday March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day as well as an additional single holiday on Friday the 18th.

The four-day weekend means disruptive closures of banks and post offices and as a result bank transfers and social benefits have been moved to other dates.

The Department of Social Protection has warned that customers should be aware that all post offices will be closed on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 March, as well as all Intreo centers and branches. Everything will reopen as normal on Monday, March 21.

Due to the additional public holiday, payments for casual job seekers will be processed on Wednesday March 16 and individuals are advised to submit their statement by 4 p.m. on this day for online submissions to avoid any disruption to payment.

Below is a full list of changes to social benefits, there is no change for Home Care Allowance and Unemployment Benefit in the event of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Payments due Tuesday, March 15 will be available Monday, March 14
  • Payments due Wednesday, March 16 will be available Tuesday, March 15
  • Payments due Thursday, March 17 will be available Tuesday, March 15
  • Payments due Friday, March 18 will be available Wednesday, March 16
  • Payments due Monday, March 21 will be available March 21

In the meantime, everyone who is eligible for the Fuel Allowance scheme should have received their additional €125 bonus by Friday March 18. Payments started arriving in accounts from Monday, March 14.

Customers receiving the weekly fuel allowance will receive their weekly payment of €33.00 plus the additional payment of €125.00 for a total payment of €158.00.

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