CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. - EX-TEACHERS' PENSIONS.

To ask the Minister for Finance if it is true that the late Minister for Finance, General Michael Collins, agreed last May to give a grant to increase the inadequate pensions now paid to ex-teachers; further, will he explain the extraordinary delay which has taken place in distributing this grant, and if he is now in a position to say when these increases will be paid.

A draft of the rules to give effect to the increase asked for in May last is now before the Law Officer. It has been much delayed by reason of legal difficulties.

Can the Minister say when these payments are likely to be made?

No; I have no idea.