Social Welfare Act, 1996

Limitation period for proceedings.

41.—The Principal Act is hereby amended by—

(a) the substitution for section 280(4) of the following subsection:

“(4) Any proceedings to recover assistance due to the Minister as a debt due to the State under section 281(3) shall be maintainable against the estate of a deceased person if brought at any time within the period of 6 years commencing on the date on which the notice or the date on which the schedule of assets under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) is received by the Minister, whichever is the later.”,


(b) the insertion in section 281 after subsection (3) of the following subsection:

“(3A) Section 9 of the Civil Liability Act, 1961 , shall not apply to an action for the recovery of a debt due to the Minister or to the State under this Act.”.