§ 9. Mr. FITZPATRICK
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if Michael Horan, an aged man of 80 years, who has served 21 years in His Majesty's forces, has been deprived of his old age pension of 3s. per week because he entered the Mountmellick Union infirmary as a patient; and whether Horan, who has given the best years of his life to the service of the Government, will be deprived of his pension while he remains a patient in the union infirmary?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
No old age pensioner of the name of Michael Horan can be traced as having been disqualified in this area. A man named Michael Foran was recently disqualified by the local Pensions Sub-Committee on the ground of the receipt of Poor Law relief, and if he considered the disqualification to be unjustified he could have appealed to the Local Government Board, but this he did not do. If Foran should at any time cease to receive Poor Law relief, he could, of course, prefer a fresh claim to a pension.