Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 25 May, 2005
Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.
Mr. Ring Mr. Ring
138. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved for and awarded farm assist. [17572/05]
Mr. Brennan Mr. Brennan
Mr. Brennan:The person concerned was in receipt of unemployment assistance from 16 April 1986 to 12 April 2005 when his claim was disallowed on the grounds he is not available for or genuinely seeking full-time employment. He applied for farm assist on 5 May 2005 and his file is with a social welfare inspector for investigation. A  decision will be given as soon as possible and he will be notified of the outcome.
The person concerned never declared to my Department, in the context of his unemployment assistance claim, that he had land, or was engaged in farming. His previous entitlement to unemployment assistance will, therefore, have to be reviewed.
Under social welfare legislation, decisions on claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.
Dáil Éireann 603 Written Answers. Social Welfare Benefits.