asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state why an old age pension was refused to Mrs. Margaret Murray, Strand Street, Athlone; if he is aware that the applicant has testified that she was born on August 6th, 1854; and that in support of this she has a sworn affidavit by two people aged eighty-eight and eighty-five years, and if, in view of these facts and of the poor circumstances of the applicant, he will have the case reconsidered.
WRITTEN ANSWERS. - OLD AGE PENSION CLAIM.
SEAN O LAIDHIN
The appeal in this case was determined on the 12th September, when it was decided that the applicant was not entitled to any pension as no satisfactory evidence was submitted to show that she had attained the age of 70 years. In a claim made in July, 1923, Mrs. Murray stated that she was born on the 4th August, 1853, and in a subsequent claim in May, 1924, she stated that the date of her birth was not known. The date referred to by the Deputy was not, however, mentioned. Affidavits in general terms were submitted, but as no detailed reasons or facts bearing on the life history of the claimant were included, they could not be regarded as convincing proof of age. The case cannot be reconsidered, but it is open to the applicant to make a fresh claim if at any time she is in a position to produce more definite or conclusive evidence of age.