Mr. CHARLES MacVEIGH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mrs. Susan Keelin, of Ballyherin, Kilmacrenan, East Donegal, who is over 70 years of age, and was granted a pension by the pensions committee, and afterwards received notice from the pension officer that she was not qualified; whether he will state why, and on what evidence, the pension officer overrides the decision of the 328W committee; whether she can again go before the committee with proof that she is over 70; and whether she will then get the pension?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The pension officer appealed to the Local Government Board in this case on the ground that Susan Keelan had not reached the statutory age, being shown by the Census Return to be 67 years of age, and the Local Government Board upheld the appeal. If she can put forward sufficient evidence to show that she has reached 70 years of age it is open to her to make a fresh claim.