Thursday, 15 May 1980
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Horgan: asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will outline the working of the priority system in relation to telephone applications, identifying the categories involved, and the estimated number of annual connections made on the basis of the priority categories.
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Reynolds): The working of the priority system is outlined in the reply to a previous similar Question on 25 March 1980—Vol. 319, Col. 538. The main categories to which priority is afforded are:—
Mr. Horgan: asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the work currently outstanding before telephone service can be provided for applicants in Marsham Court, Kilmacud, County Dublin, when the work will commence, how long it will take, and when service will be provided.
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Reynolds): Most of the work necessary to enable service to be provided for applicants for telephones in this area has already been completed. That remaining to be done is the testing of the cables recently laid in the estate, the correction of any cabling problems found and the installation of telephones. It is expected terms will be quoted to applicants in the estate during the next month and that service will be provided within a further month or so from dates of agreements.
Mr. Horgan: asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason a doctor in South Dublin (details supplied) has been refused telephone service despite the fact that she is on call in a  psychiatric hospital and needs a telephone for this purpose; if he will ensure that the applicant receives priority status; and when service will be provided.
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Reynolds): The applicant has not been refused service. The position is that service cannot be provided until the cabling works on which provision of service is dependent are completed in about two months.
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