§ MR. EDWARD BARRY (Cork County, S.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the postmaster of Skibbereen on 18th May refused to cash a post office order signed by Aine Ui Aunrachain, because she signed her name in Irish; whether steps will be taken to compel such men to accept signatures in Irish; and whether in future appointments of postmasters, especially in Irish-speaking districts, a knowledge of Irish will be an essential qualification.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
I regret to find that a clerk at the Skibbereen Post Office refused to pay the order in question under a misapprehension as to the rules on the subject which permit payment where there is no difficulty in identification of the payee. The order was presented, again on the 7th June and duly paid; and an apology was subsequently tendered, to the payee for the mistake.