SDLP Councillor Declan O’Loan has reminded Ballymena centenarians and their families that they are entitled to a very substantial bounty from the President of Ireland on attaining their 100th birthday.
He explained: “Many people are unaware that on their 100th birthday they can apply for the Centenarian Bounty from the President of Ireland. Those born on the island of Ireland and living in Northern Ireland are eligible.
The bounty consists of a payment of 2540 euros and a letter of congratulations from the President.
“There can be a small local ceremony or the whole thing can be done privately. On the 101st and subsequent birthdays, the recipient receives a commemmorative coin from the President.”
=“It is good that more and more people are living to 100, and they should be aware of this entitlement. It is very easy to apply for this bounty. The information is available online, and I am happy to assist if desired.”