§ MR. SHEEHY (Meath, S.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether 1705 he is aware that the post leaves Kilmessan at 5.25 p.m. for Robinstown to connect with the post car from Trim, which arrives at Robinstown at 9.45 p.m.; will he explain why almost five hours are taken to cover the distance from Kilmessan, which is only three and a half miles; will he consider the advisability of arranging for the post to leave Kilmessan at 7.30 p.m. to meet the mail car three and a half miles away at 9.45 p.m.; and, seeing that the bag containing the morning mails from Dublin reaches Kilmessan at 10.20 a.m. and is sent back empty by the 4.20 train, will he arrange for letters in reply to English letters brought down at 10.20 to be sent back in the bag that is now sent empty at 4.20.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
The postman from Robinstown who serves Kilmessan is already absent from home for more than thirteen hours, and I do not think it right to extend the period of absence by making the hour of the evening collection later. The existing service is carried on at a loss to the revenue, and I regret I should not be justified in incurring additional expenditure on a day mail service.