HC Deb 05 July 1897 vol 50 cc1123-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether his attention has been called to the want of sanitary accommodation in the Castlebar Post Office, where the work has to be done by 12 officials in a room 12 feet square, without the slightest regard to ordinary sanitation, and will he see that proper sanitary accommodation is provided; is he aware that, with a population of 4,000, Castlebar is supplied with only one postman, and that it is impossible for one man to deliver letters in a town of that size in sufficient time for the replies to catch the Dublin mail train; and will he remedy such inconvenience by the appointment of another postman?


The room in which the main business of the Post Office at Castlebar is conducted measures 20 feet 9 inches by 14 feet 6 inches. The accommodation is inadequate, and for some time past the Postmaster General has been looking out for larger premises; but, although several proposals have been under consideration, nothing suitable has been as yet found at a cost which the amount of business would justify. The inquiry is still continuing. As regards the sanitary accommodation in the present office, it is reported to be the kind usually found in houses of that class. Two postmen are already employed at Castlebar, and inquiry is now being made to see whether the services of both these men cannot be utilised in the delivery of letters.