Dáil Éireann - Volume 1 - 25 October, 1922
CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. - OLD AGE PENSIONS.
SEAN O MAOLRUAIDH SEAN O MAOLRUAIDH
SEAN O MAOLRUAIDH: To ask the Minister for Local Government if he can give reasons for the disallowance of Old Age Pensions in regard to:—
James Cumesky, Kill, Kilnalick, Co. Cavan;
Edward Reynolds, Kill, Kilnalick, Co. Cavan;
James Hanlon, Carramore, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan;
particulars of which cases have been supplied to him.
MINISTER for LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Mr. E. Blythe) Ernest Blythe
MINISTER for LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Mr. E. Blythe): In all three cases the claims to Old Age Pensions were disallowed on ground of age. No evidence as to age was submitted beyond Declarations by aged persons of their belief that the claimants had attained the age of 70 years. Such information  is helpful in conjunction with other evidence as to a claimant's age, but it will be obvious that the evidence of people who in many cases must be suffering from senility cannot be accepted as conclusive. In the case of James Hanlon, the evidence afforded by the Declaration was discounted by the records of the Marriage Register which showed that he was married on the 23rd May, 1894, and was at that time 38 years of age.
Dáil Éireann 1 CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. OLD AGE PENSIONS.