Written answers

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Department of Social Protection

Disability Allowance Eligibility

Photo of Arthur SpringArthur Spring (Kerry North-West Limerick, Labour)
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205. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the maximum duration a recipient of disability allowance may remain outside the State in order to remain entitled to their payment. [21158/13]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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There is no specific legislative provision for disability allowance to be paid to persons living outside the State.

There have been some instances where, in exceptional circumstances, disability allowance has been paid to persons for periods where they were undergoing medical treatment outside the State. In addition, if a person leaves the country a short period, e.g. up to 3 weeks in any 12 month period, disability allowance may be paid when the person returns to the State depending on the individual circumstances of the case.

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