HC Deb 16 November 1911 vol 31 cc665-6W

asked the Chief Secretary whether he will have inquiry made into the circumstances under which Mrs. Nora Shea, Coad, Caherdaniel, has been deprived of her old age pension, with a view to its being restored to her, seeing that the local pension committee were satisfied that she had attained the statutory age?


The claimant's name did not appear as a member of her parent's family in the Census Return of 1841, and the other evidence submitted was not sufficient to satisfy the Local Government Board that she had attained the statutory age. The Board accordingly disallowed her pension in May last. The Board are not bound by the decision of a pension subcommittee.


asked the Chief Secretary on what ground the Local Government Board have disallowed the pension, at the rate of 5s. per week, granted by the Coolaney sub-pension committee, county Sligo, to Mrs. Mary Culleay or M'Guiness, widow; whether he is aware of the fact that she is returned as aged three months in the Census return of 1841; and whether, in the circumstances, he will direct payment of the pension to Mrs. M'Guiness with arrears?


The claim of Mrs. M'Guinness was disallowed by the Local Government Board on the ground that she was under the statutory age. The Mary Culleary recorded as three months old in the Census Return of 1841 appears to have been an elder sister who died young. The claimant, and her elder sister, Ellen, were children of John Culleary's second wife, Mary, whom he married, according to the Census Return of 1851, in 1845.