HC Deb 24 April 1884 vol 287 cc452-3

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he will provide for an after collection of Letters on Sundays within the township of Rathmines (county Dublin), at a sufficiently early hour to enable Letters to catch the English and Provincial Mails; and, whether he can arrange to have Telegrams delivered free of charge within the boundaries of the said township?


At the present time, in the town districts of Dublin, there is no collection of letters on Sunday afternoon, and, so far as I am aware, there has been no demand for such a collection. This being the case, I do not think it would be expedient to treat Rathmines in this respect exceptionally. With regard to the latter part of the hon. Member's Question, I may explain that under the regulations framed pursuant to the Telegraph Acts, telegrams, when they are delivered at a distance beyond one mile from any telegraph office other than a head post-office, are charged porterage. In these circumstances, I am sorry that it would not be possible to give a free delivery of telegrams in those portions of Rathmines which lie beyond a radius of one mile from the Rathmines post-office.