A review of the presidency and spending at Áras an Úachtraráin for 2019 has revealed details of the Centenarian Bounty, which was first introduced in 1940 by President Douglas Hyde. The review shows that 481 Irish people received the payment from the State last year, with 374 of those people living in Ireland and 107 living overseas.
In 2006, the government to extended the eligibility criteria for the scheme so that all Irish citizens born on the island of Ireland are eligible to apply. Of those 481 Irish citizens who reached 100 years old, 395 were women and 86 were men.
The overall figure is comfortably the highest recorded since the beginning of President Michael D Higgins’ time in Áras and Úachtaráin.