Brendan Ryan TD (Labour Party) today welcomed the issuing of new guidelines to staff working in social welfare offices,
relating to the interpretation of the Habitual Residence Condition. Since the Habitual Residence Condition was introduced
in 2004, many returning emigrants were falling foul of the residency rules.
Deputy Ryan said: “I have dealt with a number of cases in my time as a public representative whereby returning
emigrants have been denied payments due to the inaccurate interpretation of the Habitual Residence Condition. The resultant
effect was usually a long arduous fight between the returning emigrant and the Department of Social Protection to claim payment,
which was not always successful.
“I welcome the clarification of the guidelines and I hope this clarification translates into consistent and better
practice at local offices all over the country”.