Monday 22 December 2014

Burton defends inspections of widows' homes

Published 27/01/2014 | 02:30

Q SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has defended the random inspections of widows' homes by welfare officials, writes Niall O'Connor.

The Department has been accused of adopting a "heavy-handed" approach after a widow had her pension mistakenly stopped. Ms Burton accepted her department had made a mistake in relation to the case raised in the Dail.

"I regret any upset to the lady involved, it's a randomised survey simply to check that the person is still in the country," she said.

Irish Independent

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