Thursday, 21 May 1970
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Fox: Is the Minister aware that this is an area in County Monaghan where there is a church, a parochial house, a school, a teacher's residence, two shops, and a centre of population? Would the Minister in the circumstances consider providing a telephone kiosk in this area where there is no public telephone within a mile?
Mr. G. Collins: I understand that the village comprises of a church, a school, two shops, a licensed premises and one other house and that the population of the area within one mile's radius of this village is about 200 people. I am told there is a street kiosk in Monaghan about four miles away and a public call office telephone about a mile away at Stranooden post office. The use made of the call office telephone is very slight. From this, the Department officials recommended the provision of a kiosk in this area should not take place.
Mr. Fox: The Minister says this is a sparsely-populated area. That is even a greater reason why a telephone should be provided. This is in the heart of a pilot area which is supposed to be receiving preferential treatment. It is an area where an effort is being made to retain the population as it is at present there. In that light I would ask the Minister  to intervene in this and to reconsider his views seriously.
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