Wednesday, 10 December 1941
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Byrne: asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he is prepared to sanction the recommendation of the Dublin Corporation of an increase of 20 per cent. in the allowances paid to blind persons residing in the borough; should a cash increase be impossible in view of the means test, if he is prepared, alternatively, to implement the request of the Outdoor Blind Persons' Association, that the 20 per cent. increase be issued by way of vouchers for rent, fuel or clothing.
Dr. Ryan: I have not received any request from the Dublin Corporation for sanction to the recommendation referred to by the Deputy, nor has any  proposal in regard to the suggested alternative been received. The Deputy's inquiry on these matters is, therefore, premature so far as my Department is concerned.
Mr. Byrne: Will the Minister make further inquiries? I have had a deputation of two representatives of the blind, who told me that they wrote to the Minister some time ago and got a reply stating that there were certain difficulties in the way because of the means test. From what the Minister has said, I suggest that either the Minister or myself is misinformed, and I am satisfied that I am not misinformed.
Mr. Byrne: But that is getting away from the question. The men say that they wrote and got a reply that owing to the means test there were some difficulties and the Minister, who is acting for the Minister for Local Government and Public Health, says that no such thing happened. I say that either the Minister or myself is misinformed.
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