§ MR. J. P. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
To ask the Postmaster-General if he is aware that an ex-telegraph messenger, named Michael Kelly, temporarily employed at the Rathgar district office, has been dismissed, apparently for invoking the assistance of his association; if Kelly made application for a vacancy on the auxiliary class in Ballsbridge district, and, receiving no reply, called on the inspector of postmen, who threatened him with dismissal if he gave further trouble; if in the meantime the vacancy was given to an outsider; if Kelly then placed the matter before the Ex-telegraph Messengers Association, of which lie is a member; whether a deputation from that body waited on the Comptroller with reference to his case, and within a week of this interview Kelly was replaced by an ex-Army man and informed that there was no further work for him, although on the day that Kelly was dismissed a vacancy existed in the James St. District, and another ex-messenger was called in to fill it; and if, under the circumstances, he will cause Kelly to be reinstated.
(Answered, by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) Michael Kelly has not been dismissed. His employment as temporary substitute in the ordinary course of events was discontinued when a regular appointment was made to the duty, but he is now again being employed on another duty. His appeal for the help of the association referred to by the hon. Member did not in any way affect the case.