CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - ENFIELD (MEATH) O.A.P. CLAIM.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state why the claim for an old age pension was disallowed on the appeal of the Pensions Officer in the case of Mrs. Margaret Reilly, the Moy, Agher, Enfield, Co. Meath, number on Pension Officer's Register 3090; whether he is aware that after careful investigation the Local Pension SubCommittee at Trim allowed the application in respect of this woman, and that as a result of the decision on the Pension Officer's appeal the applicant is destitute, and whether he will have this claim reinvestigated.

The appeal upon the pension claim in this case was disallowed on the 31st July, 1923, on the ground of insufficient evidence of age.

The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. I have no information on the third part, but the decision already given cannot be reconsidered. It is, however, open to Mrs. Reilly to make a new claim if she is now in a position to submit reasonably conclusive evidence that she has attained the age of 70 years.

Arising out of the Minister's answer, if Mrs. O'Reilly is able to submit sufficient evidence of age, will her claim be considered as from the date of her first application?

When was her first application made?

That information is in the possession of the Pension Officer.

I could not say definitely, but that matter will be taken into consideration.