The Christmas bonus will be paid next week regardless of the outcome of the political crisis, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty has said.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, she said the extra money that was needed was awarded yesterday by the Joint Oireachtas committee and those payments will be automatically paid next week.

However the Social Welfare Bill, which allows in many cases for a €5 increase, "is in limbo".

The minister said the Dáil started discussing the bill last night, but only got as far as the second stage.

Increases due in social welfare payments next year are now at risk as is pay restoration due under a review of FEMPI, as legislation under these areas is not finished.