Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Post Office.

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asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he proposes to replace the post office at Philipsburg Avenue, Marino, Dublin, which has recently been closed.

Although the vacancy was advertised and a canvass of the area was carried out it has not been possible so far to replace the sub-post office at Philipsburg Avenue. We are still trying.

Is the Minister aware that this post office caters for a large number of old age pensioners and that it is very difficult for them to get to the Fairview sub-office which has no direct bus route? Would he consider siting this post office in a private dwelling? I believe this is quite common in rural Ireland.

The problem is one of recruiting a sub-postmaster. In certain areas people are not coming forward very eagerly for these posts and that is the case here. We are interested in it and, if we get a suitable applicant, we shall certainly do that. The inconvenience is real but as compared with some other areas it is not, perhaps very great. There are four other town sub-offices within a radius of a half-mile from the former Philipsburg Avenue town sub-office.

How many miles is it from Philipsburgh Avenue to Fairview?

The bus goes only one way.