Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

Tuesday, 14 June 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 343 No. 6

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678.

Mr. Briscoe: Information on Ben Briscoe  Zoom on Ben Briscoe  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 as he has been waiting for service for six years.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service will be provided as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work will be completed before the latter part of this year.

679.

Mr. Briscoe: Information on Ben Briscoe  Zoom on Ben Briscoe  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be repaired for a firm (details supplied) in Dublin 6 as it has been out of order for three weeks.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been restored.

680.

Mr. Coughlan:  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a year.

681.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister [1289] for Posts and Telegraphs if he will give details of public telephone kiosks to be provided in County Galway in 1983.

682.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will give details of the public telephone kiosks in County Galway which will be brought into service in 1983.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  I propose to take Questions Nos. 681 and 682 together.

Only details of the urban or guaranteed kiosks to be provided can be given as the rural kiosk programme is under review in the light of the present financial situation. The kiosks to be provided in County Galway in 1983 are: (1) Brierhill, Galway city; (2) Salthill P.O., Galway city; (3) St. Joseph's Park, Tuam, County Galway.

There are 11 kiosks which have been erected and which will be brought into service in Galway city and county this year. These are located at: 1. Castlelawn, Galway city; 2. Castle Park, Galway city; 3. Coogan Park, Galway city; 4. Grattan Road, Whitestrand; 5. Shantalla, Galway city; 6. Rosaveal, County Galway; 7. Peterswell, County Galway; 8. Labane, County Galway; 9. Bullaun, County Galway; 10. Knock-na-carra, County Galway; 11. Castlegar, County Galway.

683.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about six months.

684.

Mr. G. Collins: Information on Gerard Collins  Zoom on Gerard Collins  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason a telephone kiosk is not being provided at Barrigone, Askeaton, County Limerick.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Barrigone is not included in the current kiosk programme. It will be considered for inclusion in a future programme.

[1290]685.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if service will be expedited having regard to the fact that he is a medical doctor and that service is needed urgently not only by him but by his patients in the area.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service will be provided as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work will be completed until later this year.

686.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be transferred for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  A survey is being carried out to ascertain when service can be provided for the person named.

The applicant will be advised of the result of the survey as soon as it is completed.

687.

Mr. B. Burke:  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be transferred for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a year.

688.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin as she has been on the waiting list since 1980.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service will be provided as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work will be completed before the end part of this year.

689.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be installed properly [1291] for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin as his telephone is inoperative.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  There have been a number of faults on this line in recent months, all of which were cleared promptly. The subscriber complains of continuing difficulties and these are being specially attended to by engineering staff.

690.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he is aware of the urgent need for a telephone to be transferred for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will have the transfer effected as soon as possible.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service will be provided as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work will be completed before the end part of this year.

691.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a year.

692.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a proper telephone service will be restored for a firm (details supplied) in County Dublin as service has been almost non-existent for serveral months.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  There were two faults on this subscriber's line in recent months which were cleared promptly. However, the subscriber complains that the quality of the service is not good. This is being specially investigated by engineering staff at present.

693.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be repaired properly for a person (details supplied) in [1292] County Dublin whose telephone is out of order on a regular basis.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been restored.

694.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be repaired properly for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin whose telephone is out of order on a regular basis.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service was disconnected from this subscriber on two occasions in the past few months for non-payment of account. A fault which occurred subsequently was repaired within a few days.

The subscriber still complains of poor quality of service and this is at present being specially investigated by engineering staff.

695.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a month.

696.

Mr. Allen: Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the number of outstanding telephone applications in the Cork city area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  There are some 1,000 waiting applications in Cork City area. Service is in course of provision in more than half of these cases. It is expected that virtually all the applications now on hands will be attended to before the end of this year.

697.

Mr. J. Doyle: Information on Joseph Doyle  Zoom on Joseph Doyle  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been provided for the person named.

[1293]698.

Mr. Prendergast: Information on Frank Prendergast  Zoom on Frank Prendergast  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when his Department will be in a position to repair the telephone of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin which has been out of order for the past three weeks.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been restored.

699.

Mr. J. O'Leary: Information on John O'Leary  Zoom on John O'Leary  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will arrange for the erection of a public telephone kiosk at Aughacashla, Castlegregory, County Kerry, on a site in the car park adjacent to an hotel (details supplied) which is on offer free of charge to his Department and where the proposed telephone kiosk would be protected against vandalism.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It had been planned to provide a kiosk at Aughacashla. However, the programme for the provision of rural kiosks is under review at present in the light of the financial position generally and it is not possible at this stage to say when a kiosk may be provided at the location in question.

700.

Mr. J. O'Leary: Information on John O'Leary  Zoom on John O'Leary  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Next year.

701.

Mr. J. O'Leary: Information on John O'Leary  Zoom on John O'Leary  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a night telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Night service has not been applied for by the subscriber at the address given. It is not practicable to provide night service in this area until conversion to automatic working of the telephone exchange at Ballyferriter later this year.

[1294]702.

Mr. Foley: Information on Denis Foley  Zoom on Denis Foley  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It is expected that service will be provided within about six months.

703.

Mr. Foley: Information on Denis Foley  Zoom on Denis Foley  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about six months.

704.

Mr. Aylward: Information on Liam Aylward  Zoom on Liam Aylward  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason for the delay in providing a telephone service for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as the application has been made for three years; and when service will be provided.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It has not been possible to provide service so far for the person named because of the large volume of engineering work on hands and requiring attention in the district and a shortage of equipment at the local telephone exchange. It is expected that service will be provided within about a year.

705.

Mr. Aylward: Information on Liam Aylward  Zoom on Liam Aylward  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will arrange to have a business telephone provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as the application has been made and service is needed urgently.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service will be provided within about six months which is, I regret, the earliest time within which the necessary exchange etc. work can be completed.

706.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he is aware of difficulties being experienced by telephone users in an area (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

[1295]Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  I am aware that telephone service in the Leenane area is less than satisfactory. This is because the area is served from Clifden by 21 miles of overhead cable over mountainous and boggy terrain. The line has been subject to damage by storms, lightning etc. In addition the ESB supply in the area is subject to occasional failure.

It is intended to renew about 11 miles of that part of the line most prone to damage. Work on this will begin about the end of this year and, when completed, should ensure a satisfactory service. In the meantime some improvement can be expected within the next month when a new radio link between Galway and Clifden is opened.

707.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has been charged for automatic service although there is no automatic service in the area.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  The subscriber is being charged rental at manual service rate.

708.

Mr. Briscoe: Information on Ben Briscoe  Zoom on Ben Briscoe  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12, as he has been waiting for service for 18 months and is a wholesale record company keyholder.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It is expected that service will be provided for the person named within about a year.

709.

Mr. Hilliard: Information on Colm M. Hilliard  Zoom on Colm M. Hilliard  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be installed for a person (details supplied) in County Meath, as he applied one-and-a-half years ago.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a year.

710.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a [1296] telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5, who has been on the waiting list since May 1980; and if there has been an oversight in this application as other residents nearby, who applied much later, have recently been provided with service.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Terms are being quoted to the person named and service will be supplied as soon as possible after the necessary agreement has been signed.

The cables used to serve other applicants on the same road were not suitable for this address.

711.

Mr. Skelly: Information on Liam Skelly  Zoom on Liam Skelly  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will investigate the telephone service of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  A number of faults on this line were repaired recently. A special check is being made at present on the subscriber's line.

712.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will arrange for the transfer of a telephone for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; the reason it has not yet been possible to arrange a transfer when the premises are only approximately 150 yards from each other; and when the transfer will take place.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It has not been possible to transfer a telephone for the person named so far because there is no spare cable pair at the new address. The transfer will be effected as soon as possible but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work will be completed before the end part of this year.

713.

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason for the unusually long delay in providing a telephone service for a parish community centre (details supplied) in Dublin 7.

[1297]Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It has not been possible to provide service so far for the party named because of the volume of engineering work on hands and requiring attention in the 01 area.

714.

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about six months.

715.

Dr. McCarthy: Information on Seán McCarthy  Zoom on Seán McCarthy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when eight additional exchange lines will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4 which are essential for the proper operation of his business as it is impossible for him to continue in business if lines are not installed.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been provided in respect of five lines for the person named. Provision of the remaining lines is deferred at the applicant's request.

716.

Mrs. Lemass: Information on Eileen Lemass  Zoom on Eileen Lemass  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will investigate as a matter of urgency the telephone account of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  This case has been thoroughly investigated on several occasions including a check of the subscriber's meter and exchange equipment and no grounds are seen for amending her account.

717.

Mr. N. Treacy: Information on Noel Treacy  Zoom on Noel Treacy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a night telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Galway, as it is needed urgently because of an illness in the household.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Night telephone service was provided about one week ago.

[1298]718.

Mr. N. Andrews: Information on Niall Andrews  Zoom on Niall Andrews  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone will be transferred for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Telephone service will be transferred as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary engineering work can be completed before the end of this year.

719.

Mr. N. Andrews: Information on Niall Andrews  Zoom on Niall Andrews  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be restored to working order for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 14.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Service has been restored.

720.

Mr. L.T. Cosgrave: Information on Liam T. Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam T. Cosgrave  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  It is expected that telephone service will be provided for the person named during the second half of this year.

721.

Mr. S. Walsh: Information on Seán Walsh  Zoom on Seán Walsh  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about two months.

722.

Mr. S. Walsh: Information on Seán Walsh  Zoom on Seán Walsh  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about two months.

723.

Mr. S. Walsh: Information on Seán Walsh  Zoom on Seán Walsh  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

[1299]Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about a month. It had been expected that service would be provided earlier but this was not possible because of an accommodation problem at the local telephone exchange.

724.

Dr. McCarthy: Information on Seán McCarthy  Zoom on Seán McCarthy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Terms are being quoted to the person named and service will be provided within about three months after the necessary agreement has been signed.

725.

Dr. McCarthy: Information on Seán McCarthy  Zoom on Seán McCarthy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Terms are being quoted to the person named and service will be provided within about three months after the necessary agreement has been signed.

726.

Dr. McCarthy: Information on Seán McCarthy  Zoom on Seán McCarthy  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Within about six months.

727.

Mr. S. Walsh: Information on Seán Walsh  Zoom on Seán Walsh  asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he is aware that telephones which were installed recently in the Bohernabreena area of Tallaght, County Dublin, are not working; and when they will be put in proper working order.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Faults affecting some recently installed telephones in the Bohernabreena area have been cleared and it is understood that service is now satisfactory.


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