§ Mr. GILHOOLY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, of Bantry, county Cork, was granted an old age pension by the local sub-pension committee; whether such pension was refused by the Local Government Board for Ireland; and, seeing that she produced a certificate which showed that she was married fifty-three years, he will recommend that inquiry be made into her case?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
Mrs. Sullivan was granted a pension of 5s. a week by the pension sub-committee, but on appeal by the pension officer the Local Government Board, on 26th September last, disallowed her claim on the ground that she had failed to show that she had attained the statutory age. She did not appear in the list of her parents' family in the Census Return of 1841, and she produced no marriage certificate or other evidence as to her age when given an opportunity by the Board of doing so. If she has now obtained a marriage certificate to the effect indicated, it is open to her to make a fresh claim.
§ Mr. O'DOWD
asked the Chief Secretary whether he can state the grounds upon which Dan Murphy, of Roughawn, Coola, county Sligo, Riverstown, Ballymote, county Sligo sub-committee, who was in receipt of an old age pension for a number of months (number in pension officer's register 34/22), has been deprived of the same by the Local Government Board?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
So far as the Local Government Board are aware Daniel Murphy has never been in receipt of a pension. The Board have disallowed three claims made by him, the latest being refused on the 3rd July last on the ground that the evidence of age submitted was not sufficient to satisfy the Board that he had attained the statutory age.