Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Wednesday, 7 May 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 566 No. 1

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  776.  Mr. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the reason an invalidity pension is not payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12170/03]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The person concerned applied for an invalidity pension on 10 December 2002. He is currently receiving disability benefit of €241.20 per week, including qualified dependant allow[527]ance and child dependant allowance in respect of two children.

To qualify for invalidity pension an applicant must be permanently incapable of work and satisfy certain PRSI conditions. The person concerned was examined on 24 February 2003 by a medical assessor of my Department who expressed the opinion that he was currently incapable of work but not permanently so.

He was refused invalidity pension and was notified of this decision on 26 March 2003, the reasons for it and of his right of appeal to the independent social welfare appeals office. This decision has not been appealed to date.

Under social welfare legislation decision in relation to claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are [528]statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.

  777.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   if a person (details supplied) will qualify for an EU pro rata contributory pension. [12171/03]

Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  There is no record of an application for pension having been received from the person concerned. As he is resident in the UK, he is required to make his application for pension through the UK Department of Social Security, DSS.

That department has been requested to initiate a claim for the person concerned and to forward the necessary liaison papers to my Department. When the relevant details are received his possible entitlement to an EU pro rata pension will be examined and he will be notified of the position.


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