Updated: 24/03/17 : 06:13:15
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Claim carers appeal sat for fourteen weeks in Sligo

BEFORE CHRISTMAS a woman appealed against a decision which refused her a Carers Allowance.

But the file stayed in the carers section of Sligo for fourteen weeks before it was sent to the Dublin.

Minister Leo Varadkar was asked earlier this week to explain the three months' delay. 

He confirmed work on the appeal would be completed this week and 

Details of the case were raised in the Dail by Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward of Carlow, Kilkenny.

MInister Leo Varadkar put some of the details in the case on the public record.

Four Nights

Said Varadkar: ''I confirm that my Department received an application for carer's allowance (CA) from the person concerned on 8 June 2016.

''It is a condition for receipt of a CA that the carer must be providing full-time care and attention.

''T'he person concerned was refused carer's allowance on the grounds that she was not providing full-time care and attention.

''This is because the care recipient was in care facility for four nights per week.

''The person concerned was notified on November 10th 2016 of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review and appeal,'' said Minister Varadkar.

He added: ''The person concerned has appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office (SWAO).

''A submission is being prepared as required by the SWAO and the case will be sent to the SWAO for determination this week.