Arigna miners not afforded appeal for compensation

The National Coalminers Group is seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Social Protection following claims that a number of former Arigna miners were not given the opportunity to appeal their cases on the disability arrears scheme.

The National Coalminers Group is seeking an urgent meeting with the Department of Social Protection following claims that a number of former Arigna miners were not given the opportunity to appeal their cases on the disability arrears scheme.

Vice Chairman of the Group, Charlie Hopkins told the Leitrim Observer that over two years ago the department “gave a commitment and assurance” that all former Argina miners could appeal their claim if their application was unsuccessful. Over 350 applied for scheme and many were successfully compensated and received a pension. But it has recently come to light that some men who were turned down by the Department of Social Protection were not given an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Mr Hopkins said it was understood that Dr Maurice Fitzgerald who is a specialist in respiratory disease was to assess all claimants who had been turned down. He said the group had fought hard for recognition on this diability arrears scheme and he hopes the department “have not reneged on their commitment.”

It is not clear how many applications were turned down without appeal, so Mr Hopkins is calling on any such individuals to contact him on 087-1252955 or email charliehopkins10@yahoo.com so they can put forward a case.