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27 1939



Preliminary and General.

Short title.

1. —This Act may be cited as the Public Assistance Act, 1939.


2. —This Act shall come into operation on such day as the Minister shall by order appoint for that purpose.


3. —In this Act—

the expression “the Minister” means the Minister for Local Government and Public Health;

the word “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister under this Act;

the expression “county scheme” means a scheme for the relief of the poor confirmed by the Local Government (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923 (No. 9 of 1923), or prepared and confirmed under that Act;

the expression “county scheme authority” means an authority entrusted by virtue of a county scheme with the administration of the relief of the poor in a particular area;

the expression “joint district” has the same meaning as it has in the Local Government Act, 1927 (No. 3 of 1927);

the expression “medical assistance” means the provision of all or any of the following things, that is to say, medical, surgical, or dental treatment, medicines, and medical, surgical, or dental appliances;

the expression “general assistance” means the provision of the necessaries of life, other than medical assistance;

the expression “public assistance” and also the word “assistance” when used without qualification include both medical assistance and general assistance, and all cognate expressions and words shall be construed accordingly;

the expression “home assistance” means general assistance given otherwise than by admission to a district or other institution;

the word “acquire” when used in relation to land includes purchase in fee simple or for any less estate or interest and taking a lease of such land for any term;

the expression “the Dublin area” means the area consisting of the county of Dublin and the county borough of Dublin.


4. —(1) The enactments mentioned in the First Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed, to the extent specified in the third column of the said Schedule.

(2) Without prejudice to the application of section 21 of the Interpretation Act, 1937 (No. 38 of 1937), it is hereby declared that the repeal by virtue of this section of certain sections of the Local Government (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923 (No. 9 of 1923), shall not operate to cancel or otherwise affect the abolition of any board, committee, or other body which was, before the passing of this Act, abolished by or under any of the said sections.