CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - SANDYCOVE POSTAL DELIVERY.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in Sandycove, Co. Dublin, there is now only one delivery of letters daily, and whether there is any precedent for such a restricted service in a thickly populated district within six miles of the General Post Office?

I have had enquiry made respecting the delivery of letters at Sandycove and I find that with a view to retrenchment the second delivery of letters at Dun Laoghaire has been confined to the central portion of the township for some months past. The restriction allows one delivery only to Sandycove and other portions of the outlying district, the amount of correspondence for which is not regarded as justifying the expenditure necessary for a second delivery. The question of restoring the second delivery is, however, receiving further consideration, and a final decision in the matter will be given as soon as possible.

Arising out of the Minister's reply, might I ask if he is aware that until recently Sandycove had four deliveries daily, and that precisely similar districts on each side of it, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, have three, and will he take these facts into account when considering the matter?

I am aware of all these facts and they are being taken into consideration.