§ Mr. LYNCH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can state the reasons why an old age pension has not been granted by the Local Government Board to Connor Leyden, of Ballyherigh, Moher, Liscannor, West Clare, who is seventy-six years of age, and who two years ago assigned his farm to his son on his marriage reserving to himself and his wife the sum of £5 per annum and their support; and whether, in view of the fact that the pension committee in Ennistymon has several times reported in favour of the claimant, and the pension officer only has objected, the case may be reconsidered.?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
The Local Government Board upheld the appeal of the pension officer on the ground that the value of the benefits and privileges enjoyed by Connor Leyden exceeded the statutory limit. It is not open to the Board to reconsider their decisions.