Dáil Éireann - Volume 308 - 17 October, 1978

Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

484. Mr. Meaney asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will investigate why a person (details supplied) in County Cork, who applied for a telephone over three years ago has not been facilitated; and when a telephone is likely to be provided.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Faulkner): The application could not be dealt with because of the volume of engineering works on hands in the area and because of a shortage of equipment in the local exchange. The telephone will be provided when installation of a new exchange at Coachford, work on which has been in progress for some time, is completed early next year.

485. Mr. Tully asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he has received complaints about the phone service in Kells area, County Meath; and if he has any proposals to improve the service pending the completion of an automatic exchange.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Faulkner): The answer to the first part of the question is “Yes”. Additional switchboards will be installed in the exchange in the first quarter of next year and the exchange will also be relieved shortly of handling certain traffic from one of its major dependent exchanges. Both of these measures should improve substantially the service in the Kells area.

486. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a person in Dublin (details supplied) will be provided with a telephone service.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Faulkner): It is expected that service will be provided in about a year's time.

487. Mr. Horgan asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (a) the number and (b) the percentage of the total number of outstanding applications for telephone service which are accounted for by (i) business and (ii) private applicants.

[387] Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. Faulkner): The information is as follows:

Number

Percentage of total Applications

Business Applications

17,000

28

Residence Applications

43,000

72