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