Claim under Old Age Pensions Act

This is a pension claim from a widow, Elizabeth Murphy. The majority of pensioners were women - who usually lived longer than men and were poorer. As you can see, Mrs Murphy had no income and relied on her children for support. Under the Act she was able to claim a pension of up to 5 shillings a week. The claim form shown here was appended to an appeal referred to the House of Lords from the Irish Court of Appeal after her death.
HLRO HL/PO/JO/10/10/415/218 (1911)
HLRO HL/PO/JU/4/3/599 (1911)

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