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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 22 Apr 1969

Vol. 239 No. 12

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Deserted Wives.


asked the Minister for Social Welfare whether he is aware of the great hardship caused to wives and children in cases where the husband has deserted or is missing, including cases of presumed death; and whether he will sympathetically consider the provision of a pension in such cases equivalent to the widow's pension.

As indicated in the Third Programme for Economic and Social Development, I am arranging for a detailed examination of various aspects of the social welfare code including the position of certain classes of persons such as deserted wives for whom special provision may be required. It is not possible to say at this stage what the outcome of this examination will be.