Wednesday, 24 October 1945
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Roddy: asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he is aware of the very inadequate accommodation in Sligo Post Office and the unhygienic conditions under which many members of the staff have to work; and, if so, if he will ensure that immediate effect is given to the recommendations already made for the reconstruction of the premises.
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Little): I am aware that there is need for improvement in the accommodation at Sligo Post Office, though the position is by no means as serious as the Deputy's question suggests. The matter is already under examination  and plans for reconstruction will be prepared without avoidable delay. Improvement proposals were actually framed. Subsequently it became apparent that the rapid and unexpected development of telephone traffic made more extensive plans for reconstruction necessary and it is now clear that a major scheme of building alterations is required to meet the growing needs of the Sligo district.
Mr. Roddy: I wonder does the Minister realise how serious the position is. Complaints are frequently made by the public about the inadequate attendance at the counter and conditions in the telephone room are so primitive that they are a disgrace to any Department. If they existed in a private concern, I am sure the owner would be brought before the courts under the Factory Acts.
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