HC Deb 08 March 1897 vol 47 cc204-5

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the Postmaster General has received a Resolution unanimously passed on the 8th February at a special meeting of the Commissioners of the borough of Enniskillen, protesting against the delay in the morning mail service, and urging upon the Post Office authorities and the Treasury, as an imperative necessity to meet the requirements of business, that the mails now detained at Dundalk from 7.20 a.m. till 9 a.m. should be dispatched at once by mail train for Cloneen, Bundoran, and Omagh, distributing the letters en route at the different stations; and whether the Postmaster General, having regard to the inconvenience and commercial loss entailed by this delay, will take steps in accordance with the terms of the Resolution?


The Postmaster General has received a copy of the Resolution referred to. The mails for Enniskillen now reach Dundalk at 8.1 a.m.—not at 7.20 a.m.—and are sent forward by the 8.57 a.m. train. As stated in reply to another hon. Member a few days ago, the question of improving the service I will receive attention in connection with the revision of the day mail services now in hand, and the Postmaster General will place before the Great Northern Railway Company the strong desire for improvement which exists, in the hope that the Railway Company may be able to effect the desired improvement which the Post Office would not be justified in carrying out by putting on a special train at public cost. If such an arrangement should be made by the Company, Clones, which it is presumed is intended by Cloneen, is on the way to Enniskillen, and would, of course, participate in any improvement of the service to Enniskillen, but Bundoran, which is a long distance beyond Enniskillen, would, it is feared, be in any case excluded from the advantages. As regards Omagh, the mails do not go viâ Enniskillen but viâ Portadown, and suffer no detention at Dnndalk.