June 13, 1964.
The new postal charges introduced last week caught many people unawares.
A post office official said that the numbers of people who had failed to stamp their letters adequately was “somewhat higher than normal”. He could not give any definite figures at that stage, and pointed out that it was difficult to evaluate the situation fully as the new charges had been only operative for a short time.
The main offenders, it is thought, are those who only buy stamps occasionally and who have forgotten that the new changes were due to come into operation on June 1. The recipients of their letters will now have to pay for their forgetfulness.
Firms and businesses who do a lot of postal business have either been buying large sheets of 5d instead of 4d stamps, or have been eking out their stock of fourpennies with specially purchased penny stamps. They are only too aware of the new changes, but are as yet unable to estimate what they will cost.
“I’m afraid they will cost even more than we expected,” one Dublin businessman commented.
For most firms, however, the worst blow has yet to fall. This will come soon after the introduction of the new telephone charges on July 1, when the firms received their first telephone accounts calculated on the basis of the new charges.
The postal charges are designed to insure that the post office will pay its way, and are being applied this year because estimates have shown a deficit of €2 million.
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The telephone kiosk in Mountmellick is without a light and when a person wants to make a night call a match has to be lit to read the directory; that is, of course, if the caller requires to check a number.
This was stated at the June meeting of Mountmellick Town Commission on Thursday night of last week, when Mr Dave Conroy complained that a number of people had referred the matter to him.
Mr Bernie White said that Mr Conroy was quite right; it seemed as if there was no bulb in the kiosk.