Thursday, 2 December 1971
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Davern: asked the Minister for Social Welfare why a person (name supplied) was not granted unemployment assistance in view of the fact that he had given written proof of the number of employers from whom he had sought work.
Mr. J. Brennan: Following review by a deciding officer of the title to unemployment assistance of the person in question, his application was disallowed as from 16th June, 1971, under section 15 (1) (b) of the Unemployment Assistance Act, 1933, on the ground that he was not genuinely seeking and unable to obtain suitable employment. He appealed against the disallowance but the decision was upheld by an appeals officer following an oral hearing on 25th August, 1971, at which the appellant attended and  gave evidence. The question of whether payment of unemployment assistance should be resumed is at present under review by a deciding officer and an early decision will be given against which the applicant may again appeal if the decision is unfavourable to him.
Mr. Tully: This is a matter which affects the country generally. If, in fact, he could produce written evidence from an employer that he had applied for a job and did not get it, is that not to be accepted as proof that he was looking for work?
Mr. J. Brennan: The Deputy knows perfectly well that anybody who seeks a written statement that he applied for work and did not succeed in getting it will get that statement. It may not necessarily prove that he could not get work elsewhere.
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