Michael Colreavy TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said that comments made by Minister Pat Rabbitte about the unviability of post offices and other traditional businesses were disappointing.
Responding to the Minister’s comments, Deputy Colreavy said:
“I am disappointed that Minister Rabbitte believes that post offices and other businesses that operate on traditional high streets in towns and villages throughout the country are no longer viable.
“It can be inferred from Minister Rabbitte’s comments that traditional businesses cannot compete with shopping centre type retail outlets, and the government structures will do nothing to help traditional businesses.
“I would not only be concerned if I was a postmaster or somebody working in, or using, a post office locally, but if I was a businessperson on the high street of a town or village.
“This could result in a state sponsored migration of businesses from traditional outlets on high streets to shopping centres on the outskirts of large pockets of population.
“If the post office network goes, then many other businesses may go with them.
“Is this the government’s vision for rural Ireland?
“The pensioner who collects their pension from the local post office will likely visit the café, pharmacy and hairdresser on the same street.
“There will be a knock-on effect if the post office network is lost and government must act to ensure that our traditional high street businesses are saved.”