§ MR. METGE
asked the Postmaster General, If he will state the grounds upon which Mary Malinn was deprived of the office of postmistress to the district of Bohermeen, in the county of Meath, she having held that office for the last six years with the sanction of the Secretary to the Post Office, Ireland, no charge having ever been brought against her in her official capacity, her 1279 father having held the same office for a period of between thirty and forty years, and her brother being at present in the service of the Post Office; whether it is not the case that she had received certificates of character from her parish priest, and also from a neighbouring magistrate; and, whether any influence had been brought to bear on the Secretary of the Post Office, in order to have her removed from the said office; and, if so, the nature of such influence?
§ MR. FAWCETT
Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I have to state that John Malinn, and not Mary Malinn, was the keeper of the post office at Bohermeen. John Malinn died in November last, and the office being one of small value, it is not in my gift, but in that of the Treasury. The usual course was adopted, and, on the vacancy being reported to the Treasury, the Treasury appointed Catherine Flynn.