Chaotic Government allowing An Post to slip through the cracks – Stanley
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications Brian Stanley TD has today called upon the Government to delegate the issue of maintaining a viable postal network in Ireland to a specific Minister, saying that currently the matter crosses multiple Ministerial portfolios and An Post is falling through the cracks.
Deputy Stanley stated:
“Years of political inaction and poor management have seen us drift into a situation where the future of An Post is under serious threat.
“The Government’s approach to resolving this issue has been chaotic, with responsibility divided between the Minister for Communications, the Minister for Arts and Heritage, and the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development.
“I have raised this matter in the Dáil to Minister Denis Naughten and Minister Michael Ring.
“The Government needs to appoint one Minister to take charge and resolve the crisis facing our state’s postal service.”
Deputy Stanley added:
“While we appreciate that An Post is currently facing serious financial difficulties, unilaterally moving to shut down hundreds of post office branches is the wrong move.
“We should be expanding services available at the Post offices in line with the recommendations of the Kerr report.
“Car tax, local authority payments, as well as all Government payments, are services that should be available at ever local post office branch. With many bank offices closing in rural Ireland, there is room for An Post to provide more financial services to citizens.
“I am calling on the Government to delegate a specific Minister to sit down this week with An Post management to begin serious discussions on implementation of the Kerr report. The toing and froing between different Ministers is allowing An Post to fall through the cracks.”