§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the local subcommittee at Sneem considered that Jeremiah Shea, Rossmore Island, Tahilla, Kenmare, was entitled to a pension of 5s. per week, and the pension officer held that he was entitled to a pension of 3s.; whether he is aware that this man was in receipt of a pension of 3s. before the Act of 1911 came into operation, and that he then became entitled to and received a pension of 5s. until the death of his wife; and can he state why the Local Government Board has now declined to grant him any pension?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
Jeremiah Shea was not in receipt of any pension until the passing968W of the Old Age Pensions Act, 1911, when on appeal his claim was allowed and a pension of 3s. a week awarded by the Local Government Board on the 17th November, 1911, half the total yearly means of the claimant and his wife being estimated at over £23 17s. 6d. but less than £26 5s. As his wife is now dead he must be regarded as the sole owner of means exceeding £31 10s. a year, and therefore he is not entitled to any pension.