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Man not entitled to widower’s pension after death of partner of 20 years because they weren’t married, court rules

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The long-time partner of a woman who died from Covid-19 has lost a High Court challenge over the Minister for Social Protection's refusal to grant him the widower's pension.

In his judgment, Mr Justice Mark Heslin said that while he had enormous sympathy for John O'Meara – whose partner of over 20 years, Michelle Batey, died on January 31, 2021 as a result of contracting Covid19 – the court had to dismiss their claim.


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