§ MR. P. M'DERMOTT (Kilkenny, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what steps, if any, have been taken to meet the requisition which was sent last year from the inhabitants of Johnstown, county Kilkenny, requesting that the mails which arrive at Kilkenny at 9.15 a.m. might be delivered in that district at 1 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., which takes place at present; and for what reasons the mails which arrive in Kilkenny at 9.15 a.m. are allowed to remain there till 3 p.m.?
§ MR. HANBURY
No definite steps have yet been taken to meet the request of the inhabitants of Johnstown. That request refers to the second mail (the day mail) from Dublin. The letters for Johnstown by that mail are conveyed by a car working from Urlingford viâ Johnstown to Kilkenny in the morning, and back to Urlingford by the same road in the evening; and as the car, which is run chiefly for passenger purposes, only leaves Kilkenny on its return journey at 3 p.m., it has hitherto been impossible to despatch the mails from Kilkenny before that hour as the correspondence is not sufficient to justify the establishment of a car for the mails alone. The Postmaster General, however, has not lost sight of the case, and he may yet be able to effect some improvement.