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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Damage to Post Office Property.

Tuesday, 28 June 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 223 No. 9

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43.

Mr. Carter: Information on Frank Carter Zoom on Frank Carter asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the amount of damage done each year over the past ten years to telephone kiosks, telephone directories and telegraph poles; and if he will give a summary of the cost of such damage.

Mr. J. Brennan: Information on Joseph Brennan Zoom on Joseph Brennan It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to malicious damage. This information is not available in respect of telephone directories. In the case of kiosks and telegraph poles records are available only from 1st April, 1961. In the five years since that date malicious damage to kiosks has cost £6,268 10s 4d and to telegraph poles and wires £56 14s 11d. Particulars year by year are in the form of a [1344] tabular statement which it is proposed with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to have circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Year ended Malacious damage to
Kiosks Telegraph Poles and attached wires
£ s. d. £ s. d.
31st March 1962 610 2 3
,,,, 1963 701 5 1
,,,, 1964 993 5 1
,,,, 1965 1,895 11 0 56 14 11
,,,, 1966 2,068 6 11
Total £6,268 10 4 £56 14 11

Mr. O'Leary: Is there any increase in damage around election time?

Mr. Carter: Information on Frank Carter Zoom on Frank Carter It is to be assumed that the Minister is aware of the widespread public annoyance and dislocation, shall we say, caused by such damage and will the Minister take steps to mount a campaign in his Department to bring home to the public the desirability of pursuing a system which will bring to light these vandals who go around doing this damage?

Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan Zoom on Richie Ryan Will the Minister say whether or not the State recovers any of this damage from the local authorities under the malicious injuries code?

Mr. J. Brennan: Information on Joseph Brennan Zoom on Joseph Brennan I assume that in the case of a claim for malicious damage to the local authority, the State would recover. There are frequently cases where the damage is a local matter.

Mr. Carter: Information on Frank Carter Zoom on Frank Carter I should like an indication of the Minister's general attitude in this matter.

Mr. J. Brennan: Information on Joseph Brennan Zoom on Joseph Brennan It is a question of lack of proper civic spirit which must be tackled in the schools and the Deputy should raise the question with the Minister for Education.

Mr. Carter: Information on Frank Carter Zoom on Frank Carter I do not think it is a matter for the Minister for Education. [1345] I think it is one the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs should provide for in his Estimate.

Mr. Lyons: Information on Michael D. Lyons Zoom on Michael D. Lyons It is a matter for the Department of Justice and the Department of Education.

Mr. O'Hara: Information on Thomas O'Hara Zoom on Thomas O'Hara Is the Minister aware that there is still one of these posters on a pole immediately outside the Dáil gates?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan That is a separate question.

Mr. J. Brennan: Information on Joseph Brennan Zoom on Joseph Brennan We are well aware of the difficulties involved in regard to protecting public property, particularly telephone kiosks which are exposed in many cases, with lights at night, and are a target for a good deal of petty damage but there was a lot of damage of more than a petty nature done recently in Dublin where a number of kiosks were damaged as a result of some kind of organised campaign.


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