Ceisteanna—Questions. Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

65.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the present position in regard to an application for a telephone service from a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Service will be provided within a week or so.

66.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be granted to a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Terms were quoted to the person named over four months ago but he did not accept the offer. A further offer of service is now being made.

67.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a transfer will be granted to a person (details supplied) in County Galway within her Department.

I regret that under the arrangements agreed with the union concerned, it is not possible to offer transfer to the person in question at this stage.

68.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the immediate steps being taken to improve the telephone service in Athenry, County Galway, as there is at present a ten minute delay on calls through the manual exchange.

Two additional switchboards were provided recently in Athenry exchange and additional trunk circuits are being provided between Athenry and Galway this week. These measures should result in a considerable improvement in the service. Further significant improvements will follow from conversion of Athenry exchange to automatic working next year.

70.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when the new telephone exchange at Dundalk, County Louth, will be operational; and the number of additional lines that will be provided by this facility.

A mobile exchange with a 1,000 subscriber line capacity was brought into service in September last. The subscriber capacity will be further increased by 2,600 lines, approximately, when a new digital replacement exchange is brought into service towards the end of 1983.

71.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the number of outstanding applications for telephone service in the Dundalk urban district area, County Louth; and if he will give details of the proposed scheme in respect of installations.

There are 488 outstanding applications in the Dundalk exchange area. Most of the applicants will be offered service next year, the balance being dealt with as early as possible in 1984.