Wednesday, 11 December 1963
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Ryan: asked the Minister for Defence if he will state, with reference to the person mentioned in a reply of 28th November last, the number of days he was on annual training in 1961 before he reported to the medical doctor; and if, having regard to the fact that the injuries from which he was suffering could have been sustained only during that period of training, he will now reconsider the applicant's claim for compensation.
Minister for Defence (Mr. Bartley): The member in question was on annual  training in Gormanston Camp from 17th to 30th June, 1961. He was, therefore, on training for nine days before he reported sick on 26th June, 1961. He has never given any indication as to how he incurred the disabilities— cracked ribs and slipped disc—for which he claimed compensation. As I said in my reply on 27th November, 1963, compensation is payable to members of An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil only if they are injured in the course of training. As I have no evidence that he was injured in such circumstances, I regret that I cannot reconsider his claim for compensation.
Mr. Ryan: Am I to understand from the Minister that if the applicant is unable to prove that the injuries occurred while on duty perhaps during manoeuvres, he will not be granted compensation? Is the Minister throwing the onus on the individual to prove where he got the slipped disc and the broken rib?
Mr. Ryan: But during that period of training, was not that member engaged in the customary manoeuvres that trainees engage in and is it not more than likely that these injuries may have been sustained in these manoeuvres without the knowledge of the individual himself?
Mr. Bartley: The only duty on which this member was engaged on the Sunday in question was as one of a party of military who lined the route to Croke Park for the closing of the Patrician Year ceremonies. They were only an hour there and when he returned from that duty he did not report having suffered any mishap. After that duty they were given local leave. He, among others, went to a dance in Drogheda. I assume that something happened at the dance.
Mr. Bartley: I should tell the Deputy that the member did not report to the doctor after the rather light Sunday duty to which I refer. He did not report until the Monday morning after the dance and even then he was not, as he claimed, put to bed. He was put on light duty.
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