asked the Postmaster-General whether he can take any steps to minimise the great inconvenience caused to the business community by the abolition of Mail despatches on Sundays to provincial centres; and whether it would not be possible to institute an express service for Sundays and holidays at extra rates?

Arrangements have recently been brought into force by which Mails for Provincial Centres in Saorstát Eireann, to which there is a suitable train service, and where the circumstances are deemed to justify exceptional treatment, are despatched from Dublin on Sundays. Mails from Great Britain which reach Dun Laoghaire by the Mail Packet on Sunday morning, are included in the despatch.

An express despatch service from Dublin is afforded on Bank Holidays also; in addition to important centres in Great Britain, as on Sundays, the arrangement is extended to Cork and Belfast on Bank Holidays.