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Social Welfare Appeals

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 2 December 2010

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Questions (123)

Brian O'Shea


123 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an illness benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45678/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 10 June 2010. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received back in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 11 November 2010 and the appeal will be referred in due course to an Appeals Officer who will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.