Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (251)

Michael Ring


392 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded and receive invalidity pension. [25076/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

An applicant must be permanently incapable of work and satisfy certain PRSI conditions to qualify for invalidity pension.

The person concerned applied for invalidity pension on 23 August 2004. Although she fulfilled the medical eligibility criteria the social insurance, PRSI, conditions were not satisfied. She was refused invalidity pension and was notified of this decision on 14 October 2004, the reasons for it and of her right of appeal to the social welfare appeals office.

Under social welfare legislation, decisions on claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.