THE GOVERNMENT has confirmed it will double the fuel allowance for this week.
Around 330,000 people will benefit from the extra €22.50 this week to heat their homes.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty stressed that everyone receiving the allowance will receive it in the coming weeks.
People are being urged to make sure their homes are heated safely during the cold weather.
The public is being reminded to ensure proper ventilation and keep an eye on open fires.