§ Mr. JAMES O'KELLY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in considering the appeal in the case of Patrick Cunlish, Corskeagh, Strokestown, county Roscommon, the Local Government Board held claimant's income to exceed £31 10s. because he enjoyed it during most of the 12 months preceding the date of decision; or whether they hold that the claimant deprived himself of his means in order to qualify for pension?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
The Local Government Board inform me that Patrick Cunlish held a farm of 42 acres, in respect of which he paid a purchase annuity of £18 11s. In October last he assigned all his land, stock, and goods to his son, and applied in November for a pension. The pension officer having appealed against the decision of the local pension committee to allow a pension, the Board determined that Cunlish was not entitled to any pension, having regard to the terms of section 2, sub-section 3 and section 4, sub-section 3 of the Old Age Pensions Act.