Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Refusal of Social Welfare Benefits.

Wednesday, 9 December 1964

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 213 No. 5

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Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  asked the Minister for Social Welfare if it is his intention to send a circular letter to public assistance authorities explaining that the refusal of social welfare benefit or assistance under the Social Welfare Acts, because of stoppages of work due to a trade dispute, does not extend to the provisions of the Public Assistance Act, 1939.

Minister for Social Welfare (Mr. Boland): Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  The answer is in the negative.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Is the Minister satisfied with what he knows happened during the recent trade dispute when actual hardship was caused to certain families, which was not alleviated by the local authorities because of a mistaken idea that the provision did not extend to them? In those circumstances, does he not consider that something should be done to prevent a recurrence of such hardship?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  I think the provisions of the Public Assistance Act are quite clear and well known.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Is the Minister aware that even in this city grave hardship was caused because of the fact that those provisions apparently were not well known to those who are supposed to administer them?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  I am aware that each case was considered on its merits as required by the Public Assistance Act.

[618]Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Does the Minister not know that for a period of several weeks, no provision was made for people who were in actual want?

Mr. Boland: Information on Kevin Boland  Zoom on Kevin Boland  I am not so aware. I am satisfied that the public authority concerned were under no such misapprehension.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  All I can say is that the Minister is easily satisfied.


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