HC Deb 27 July 1896 vol 43 cc680-1

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether an appointment has yet been made to the postmastership at the Old Head of Kinsale; whether the Secretary to the Post Office, Dublin, has received a memorial signed by the lighthouse keepers, coastguards, Lloyd's signal staff, and the principal residents of the district, recommending for the appointment the daughter of the late postmaster, who assisted in the office for eight years and discharged the duties during the illness of her father; and, in view of the fact that a licensed publican was appointed temporarily to the position after a delay of two months, will he state whether it is legal, or according to the practice of the Department, that a licensed publican should be appointed to the position of postmaster?


No appointment has yet been made to the Sub-office at Old Head, Kinsale. This office was until recently designated Garrylucas and was situate three-quarters of a mile from the village of Old Head, and on the death of the late sub-postmaster the opportunity was taken of removing it from Garrylucas to Old Head. Any memorial which may have been received at Dublin on behalf of the daughter of the late sub-postmaster of Garrylucas will be considered by the Postmaster General before he decides on the appointment. A publican is temporarily carrying on the work of the office. This is contrary to the usual practice of the Department but no one else could be found at Old Head to undertake it.