Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Herbertstown (Co. Limerick) Pension Claim.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he is aware that the local Old Age Pension Sub-Committee awarded a pension to Mrs. Lynch of Clogherviller, Herbertstown, Co. Limerick, and that the pension officer has appealed the award; if he will state the grounds for the appeal and if this woman will be afforded an opportunity of rebutting the case made against her.

An appeal was decided in this case on the 28th November, 1930, when the claim for pension was disallowed as I was not satisfied that the claimant's means, as calculated for pension purposes, were within the statutory limit for the receipt of a pension.

As far as I am aware this woman has no means whatever; she has not a halfpenny. She had to depend on this gentleman for the past four or five years until such time as she reached the required age. She attained the pensionable age last May and yet she is still debarred from receiving a pension. I fail to see why that should be so. Is this gentleman supposed to keep her for the rest of her life simply because she worked for him a number of years?