Dáil Éireann - Volume 346 - 22 November, 1983

Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

290. Mr. Briscoe asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6 as she is 75 years of age, living alone, and has been an applicant for over four years.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Service will be provided for the person named as soon as it is possible to do so but it is unlikely that the necessary cabling can be completed for about six months.

I very much regret the delay in providing telephones. However, by the end of 1984, the vast majority of telephone applications will be met on demand.

291. Mr. E. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will consider having the three telephone kiosks at Mitchelstown, County Cork resited due to the expansion of the town; or if he will consider erecting two additional kiosks, one at Liam Lynch Park and the other at Clonmel Road to cover the new housing estates for Captain Keane's Grove, Sarsfield Casey Drive, Clonmel Road and Brigown; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

292. Mr. E. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will arrange for the erection of a telephone kiosk at Clonmel Road, Mitchelstown, County Cork to facilitate the built up areas of Clonmel Road Housing, Captain Keane's Grove, Sarsfield Casey Drive, and Mulberry.

[84] Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 291 and 292 together.

There are no plans at present to provide additional public telephone facilities in Mitchelstown. However, the area will be surveyed shortly to establish if there is a need for additional public telephones. The Deputy will be communicated with when the results of the survey become available.

293. Mr. Gregory-Independent asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when telephone service will be repaired for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 as she is elderly and living alone and has reported the problem for over a month without any response.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Records show that a fault report was received on 28 October 1983. A check was carried out on the line and it was found to be working normally.

Arrangements have been made for a special visit to the premises by technical staff within the next few days.

294. Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the reason for the constant malfunctioning of the changed recording apparatus of a telephone in the case of a company (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): The recording apparatus used on the subscriber's line to announce the change in number is a standard type used also in other telecommunications administrations. Regrettably there have been problems on occasions with the tape and this has affected the recording. Such problems have been repaired quickly when reported or detected by exchange staff. The recording equipment is now working satisfactorily.

The subscriber's new telephone numbers appear in Part II of the 1983 Telephone Directory.

295. Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he is aware [85] of the severe difficulties being experienced at present by subscribers in a telephone exchange area of Rosemount, Moate, County Westmeath; when sufficient equipment and trunking will be supplied to cater adequately for subscribers in the area; if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Service for subscribers on the telephone exchange in question has been subject to interruptions because of damage to the telephone cable serving the area. The damage arises from major roadworks between Moate and Athlone. Every effort is being made to keep interruptions to a minimum.

296. Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): I very much regret the delay in providing telephone service for the person named. Service will be provided as soon as possible after a new exchange has been brought into service about the middle of next year.

The objective of the Department's current telephone development programme is to provide a fully satisfactory telephone service nationally in terms of both quality and availability by the end of 1984.

297. Mrs. O'Rourke asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath as he applied for it some time ago.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): I very much regret the delay in providing telephone service for the person named. Service will be provided as soon as possible after a new exchange has been brought into service about the middle of next year.

The objective of the Department's current telephone development programme is to provide a fully satisfactory service [86] nationally in terms of both quality and availability by the end of 1984.

298. Mr. M. Brennan asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when the telephone exchange in Aclare, County Sligo will be changed to automatic dialling.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Next month.

299. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as an agreement has been reached.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): It is expected that service will be provided for the person named within about six weeks.

300. Mr. N. Andrews asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 14.

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

301. Mr. L.T. Cosgrave asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when additional telephone lines will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Terms will be quoted shortly to the person named and the additional lines will be provided as quickly as possible after the necessary agreement has been signed.

302. Mr. B. Ahern asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 as he has been waiting for two years.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): I very much regret the delay [87] in providing telephone service for the person named. However, it will not be possible to meet this application until necessary additional engineering work is carried out.

The objective of the Department's current telephone development programme is to provide a fully satisfactory telephone service nationally in terms of both quality and availability by the end of 1984 and it is expected that service will be provided for the person named within the next six months.

303. Mr. McGinley 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): I am very sorry for the delay in providing telephone service for the person named. It is expected that service will be provided within about six weeks.

304. Dr. McCarthy asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary as she is in bad health and lives alone.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): Service will be provided as soon as possible for the person named but it is unlikely that the necessary cabling can be completed for about six months.

The objective of the Department's current telephone development programme is to provide a fully satisfactory telephone service nationally in terms of both quality and availability by the end of 1984.

305. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will arrange for the erection of a telephone kiosk at Bree housing estate, Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

Minister for Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. J. Mitchell): The provision of a telephone kiosk at Bree housing estate, Castleblayney [88] is not considered warranted at present and it is not proposed therefore to provide one there.

306. Mr. S. 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): It has not been possible in the time available to trace an application on behalf of the person named. If the Deputy can furnish additional information, e.g., when and where the application was made, further efforts will be made to trace it.

307. Mr. S. 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): Terms were quoted to the person named. There was no response. Service will be offered again and if accepted, it is expected that service will be provided within about three months after the necessary agreement has been signed.