Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993




[1989, s. 12(1); 1990, s. 13; 1992, s. 20]

284.—(1) In this Part—

“allowance” means deserted wife's allowance, lone parent's allowance or supplementary welfare allowance;

“antecedent order” means—

(a) an order under section 286 (4),

(b) an order under section 286 (5) (insofar as it is deemed to be an order under section 17 of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act, 1926 ), or

(c) an order under section 286 (5) (insofar as it is deemed to be an order under section 5 of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act, 1940 );

“attachment of earnings order” means an order under section 287;

“benefit” means deserted wife's benefit;

“competent authority” in relation to deserted wife's benefit, deserted wife's allowance and lone parent's allowance means the Minister, and in relation to supplementary welfare allowance means the health board which granted that allowance to a recipient;

“earnings” means any sums payable to a person—

(a) by way of wages or salary (including any fees, bonus, commission, overtime pay or other emoluments payable in addition to wages or salary or payable under a contract of service),

(b) by way of pension or other like benefit in respect of employment (including an annuity in respect of past services, whether or not rendered to the person paying the annuity, and including periodical payments by way of compensation for the loss, abolition or relinquishment, or diminution in the emoluments, of any office or employment);

“order of the Court” means a maintenance order, a lump sum order, a variation order or an interim order under the Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act, 1976 , an order under section 10 of that Act or an order of the Court made on foot of a separation agreement.

[1989, s. 12(1)]

(2) Every reference in this Part to a person who is liable to maintain another person shall be construed as meaning a person who by virtue of section 285 is liable to maintain such other person.