HC Deb 02 March 1909 vol 1 c1398W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a postman, named Cunningham, of Dunlavin, County Wicklow, was dismissed on 22nd December, the complaint against him being that he had delayed by one day the delivery of two letters, and that he had tampered with the date impressed on the envelopes; whether the complaint was fully and impartially investigated by duly appointed officers of the Dublin Post Office; what evidence was relied upon to prove the charge; and whether, in view of the fact that Cunningham is emphatic in the assertion of his innocence, he will see that a further inquiry will be made into the case?


Cunningham was a rural messenger employed for about three hours a day under an allowance to the Sub-Postmaster at Dunlaving. The complaints were fully inquired into by the postmaster before Cunningham's services were dispensed with; and on appeal renewed inquiry was made by an officer of the Surveyor's staff. I see no reason to doubt the justice of the conclusion arrived at, namely, that Cunningham had delayed letters. I do not think further inquiry would serve any useful purpose.