An increase in the number of citizens who reached the age of 100 partly led to a rise in expenditure by Áras an Uachtaráin last year.

Every year centenarians receive a payment of €2,540 from President Micheal D Higgins.

In 2018, the amount paid by the Áras to those who reach 100 was €1,093,000.

However, last year the figure rose to €1,258,000.

Total expenditure by Áras an Uachtaráin was €3,565,000 last year up from €3,499,000 in 2018.

The annual report also disclosed spending on hospitality by President Higgins.

The additional information was part of a commitment towards further transparency and shows spending in the period from November 2018 to December 2019.

The funds were allocated under the 1938 allowance which grants €317,000 to support the work of the Presidency.

It showed spending in food and beverages were €175,226 while hospitality and entertainment was €118,573. Transport, gifts and related costs were €13,875.

The report states that 22,307 people visited Áras an Uachtaráin during the period.

The cost of representing Ireland abroad was €13,764 while €13,310 was spent on books, research and stationary. The figures led to a surplus of €35,582.

President Higgins has committed to return the surplus at the end of his term to the Exchequer.