Social Welfare Act, 1991

Duration of payment of disability benefit.

55.—(1) Section 22 of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) (as amended by section 23 of the Act of 1988) of the following subsections:

“(1) Where a person—

(a) has qualifying contributions in respect of less than 260 contribution weeks in the period between his entry into insurance and any day of incapacity for work, and

(b) before that day has been entitled, in respect of any period of interruption of employment (whether including that day or not) during the period beginning on the date three years immediately prior to that day, to disability benefit for 312 days,

he shall not be entitled to disability benefit for that day unless since the last of the said 312 days and before that day he has requalified for benefit.

(1A) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where in any period a person has exhausted his entitlement to disability benefit he shall not requalify therefor unless he satisfies the conditions set out in subsection (2).”.

(2) This section shall apply to any claim for disability benefit which is received on or after the 8th day of April, 1991.