Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Appointment of Leitrim Postman.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if, in view of the fact that a married man with four children fulfilled all the statutory requirements, he will state the circumstances in which a vacancy for postman at Feenagh, County Leitrim, was filled by the appointment of a single man; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

It is assumed that the question refers to the recent appointment of an auxiliary postman at Foxfield Post Office, County Leitrim.

There are no statutory requirements for the filling of part-time postman vacancies. These vacancies are filled from lists of persons supplied by Employment Exchanges and from applicants who are already temporarily employed in the Department. Eleven persons were nominated for the recent vacancy at Foxfield Post Office. The person appointed has the necessary qualifications and is the most suitable of the applicants. It is contrary to practice to furnish any information regarding the claims or qualifications of applicants as this would entail disclosing information obtained in confidence concerning these persons.