Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Old Age Pensions, Killaloe.

Wednesday, 10 June 1931

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 39 No. 1

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Pádraig O hOgáin: Information on Patrick Hogan  Zoom on Patrick Hogan  (An Clár) asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will say why his Department has refused an old age pension to Mary K. O'Brien, Killaloe, County Clare.

General Mulcahy: Information on Richard James Mulcahy  Zoom on Richard James Mulcahy  An appeal in this case was decided on the 5th March, 1931, the claim being disallowed, as I was not satisfied on the evidence submitted that the claimant fulfilled the statutory condition as to residence.

Mr. Hogan:  Will the Minister collate the two cases, the one in the first question and the one in the second question?

General Mulcahy: Information on Richard James Mulcahy  Zoom on Richard James Mulcahy  There is a very great difference between the question of residence and the question of nationality.

[10]Mr. Hogan:  In the first place it was refused on the grounds of residence or nationality.

General Mulcahy: Information on Richard James Mulcahy  Zoom on Richard James Mulcahy  It might be refused on the grounds of nationality, but it could not be refused, as far as I am aware, on the question of residence. The question of residence was completely established in the first case.

Mr. Hogan:  I have raised the two questions to show that there is some-connection between them, and I do not think the Minister has looked into the two cases personally to see if there is not a case equally as good in the second case as in the first case.

General Mulcahy: Information on Richard James Mulcahy  Zoom on Richard James Mulcahy  No. There is a definition of qualification for residence amounting to twelve years. If that statutory qualification cannot be fulfilled the pension cannot be given. There was no question about the residence qualification in the first case. There was a question as regards qualification on the grounds of nationality.

Mr. Hogan:  That is the result of the Minister's personal investigation of the two cases?

General Mulcahy: Information on Richard James Mulcahy  Zoom on Richard James Mulcahy  Personal investigation.


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