asked the Minister for Health when a death grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7.
Minister for Health (Mr. B. Desmond):
Health boards do not operate a scheme of death grants. However, they are empowered to make a contribution towards funeral expenses in certain circumstances.
The person in question was paid £150 by the Eastern Health Board towards the funeral costs of her late mother-in-law in October 1982.
As a result of an appeal by the applicant for additional assistance, the superintendent community welfare officer has recommended payment of a further amount. A final decision in the matter will be taken by the Eastern Health Board in the next few days.