Tuesday, 30 November 1926
Dáil Éireann Debate
TADHG O MURCHADHA: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state why a claim to unemployment benefit made by J.J. O'Sullivan, East Ballinakilla, Bere Island, Co. Cork, has been refused.
Mr. McGILLIGAN: James J. O'Sullivan, of East Ballinakilla, Bere Island, received unemployment benefit to the amount of £17 5s. in respect of claims made by him on the 22nd February, 1924; 29th August, 1924; 22nd November, 1924; and 2nd December, 1925. Subsequent investigation, however, showed that the conditions for the receipt of benefit were not fulfilled in the case of Mr. O'Sullivan while he was in receipt of this benefit, and the claims were accordingly disallowed by the Insurance Officer on the grounds that the claimant was not unemployed and not unable to obtain suitable employment. Mr. O'Sullivan appealed against the decision, which, however, was confirmed by the Umpire, as already explained to the Deputy in correspondence with the Department.
Mr. MURPHY: Does the Minister think it reasonable that this man who, with his four brothers, has a small holding, and who himself is not constantly employed, is properly debarred from receiving unemployment benefit?
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