§ MR. EDWARD BARRY (Cork Co., S.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he has received a resolution which was unanimously passed by the Guardians of Clonakilty Union, requesting that the same mail train service be given to Clonakilty as that already granted to the towns of Skibbereen and Bantry, and what steps he intends to take in the matter; and whether he is aware that the Dublin and English mails arrive in Cork before noon each day and are not sent on from Cork before 3 p.m., and that a goods train leaves Cork for West Cork each day at noon, arriving in Clonakilty at 2 p.m., and if arrangements could be made to despatch the mails by this train and thereby have them delivered in all the districts of West Cork three hours earlier than at present?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. A. MORLEY,) Nottingham, E.
I have received the resolution referred to, and, on inquiry, I find that the circumstances are not the same in the two cases mentioned in the question. There is already an excellent night mail service by road to and from Clonakilty, and no trains are running by which accommodation equal to it could be provided. As regards the day mail, it appears that Clonakilty, even now, has a more convenient service than either Skibbereen or Bantry, and it is not practicable to make use of the goods train leaving Cork at 11.30 a.m. (not 12 noon) for conveying the Clonakilty mail.