HC Deb 17 March 1890 vol 342 c986

I beg to ask the Postmaster General if he is aware that on the death of James Walker, postmaster, O'Briens Bridge, County Clare, his daughter was appointed temporarily to his place, and that she performed the duties of the office long previous to her father's death; whether during' her father's tenure of office, and during her temporary appointment, she discharged her duties satisfactorily; and whether she has, or will be, permanently appointed to the position; and, if not, can he state for what reason?

* THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES,) Cambridge University

The hon. Member seems to have been imperfectly informed as to the circumstances. I understand that on James Walker's death his widow, Mrs. Walker, not his daughter, Miss Walker, was allowed to take temporary charge of the O'Briens Bridge Post Office. Mrs. Walker, owing to bad health and old age, did not offer herself as a candidate for the permanent position. The main cause of the non-recommendation of Miss Walker was that at the time when the Surveyor had to report on the candidates for the office she had made application for a license to carry on a publican's business.