Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (86)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

86. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence he reason the widow of a person (details supplied) has not received a widow's and orphan's pension. [46766/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

My Department has not received any direct communication in relation to a pension in this case.

The Deputy has helpfully given an Army service number and I have been advised that records have been located which indicate that the former officer in question served in the Permanent Defence Force from July 1940 to June 1946. 

The former officer in question did not have the minimum of 12 years pensionable service required to be eligible for a pension under the Defence Forces Superannuation Schemes and consequently there would not be an entitlement to a spouse's or children's pension under the Schemes.

The individual also had service in the Reserve of Officers First Line. However, the service in question is not pensionable service.