§ MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether repeated applications have been received for the extension of telephonic communication to Killarney; and whether, in view of the fact that a number of tourists as well as local people would be served by the extension, he will say what is the objection raised against the giving of the required facilities in this matter.
A considerable number of applications for the extension of the Trunk Telephone System in Ireland have been received, and a comprehensive inquiry is now being made as to the possibility of meeting these demands. The plans now in preparation include one for an extension to Killarney, and I shall be glad if it is found practicable to carry it out. The difficulty in the way of the extension of the Trunk System in the South of Ireland has been the large expenditure involved, owing to the length of the lines. Unfortunately, the traffic and revenue on the existing lines are small.