Dáil Éireann - Volume 161 - 07 May, 1957
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Pensions: Special Allowances.
Mr. Calleary Mr. Calleary
Mr. Calleary asked the Minister for Defence if he will take steps to expedite decisions on applications for special allowances under the Army Pensions Acts.
Minister for Defence (Mr. K. Boland) Kevin Boland
Minister for Defence (Mr. K. Boland): There is no avoidable delay in dealing with applications for special allowances under the Army Pensions Acts, but owing to the nature and extent of the investigations required before deciding claims, decisions cannot always be given as promptly as I would like. I shall, however, do everything possible to expedite the work.
I assume that the Deputy has in mind mainly applications from persons who are claiming by virtue of having been granted the Service (1917-1921) Medal without Bar. In such cases it is necessary to establish that the medal was duly awarded. Old I.R.A. officers who are asked by my Department for reports on this aspect can materially  help in reducing delays by replying promptly.
Mr. McQuillan Mr. McQuillan
Mr. McQuillan: I would like, with your permission, to raise a matter of importance on the Adjournment, namely, the right of fishermen from the occupied portion of Ireland to fish within the exclusive fishing limits of Ireland.
An Ceann Comhairle Patrick (Clare) Hogan
An Ceann Comhairle: I shall communicate with the Deputy in the course of the afternoon.
Dáil Éireann 161 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Army Pensions: Special Allowances.