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Our courts summons system is broken

As regards persons in court saying they did not receive a summons, the alleged defaulter can avoid the registered letter if no one answers the door when the post-person calls.

The post person then leaves a “docket in box”, to inform the alleged defaulter they can sign for this postal item by calling to their nearest postal sorting office.

Unless they think they have won the Lotto, the person can then choose not to call to collect that item. Because of this legislative and practical defect, millions of euro are lost to the Revenue Commissioners yearly.

And An Post hasn’t applied to the Courts for an order of substitute service to serve the summons by ordinary letter post? Why?

Edward Mahon

Roebuck Castle


Dublin 14


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