Reported closure of 400 post offices devastating step backwards for rural Ireland – Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Communications Brian Stanley TD has said that the reported plan to close 400 post offices would be a devastating, backward step for much of rural Ireland.
The Laois TD said:
“If the proposed plan by An Post indicated to the Postmasters Union to close 400 post offices is enacted, it would be yet another blow to the economic and social development of rural Ireland, which has suffered massive devastation in recent years.
“Reform of our post offices has been neglected for a number of years and both An Post and the Government Department need to take positive action. The post office network needs reform.
“Sinn Féin and others have put forward alternatives. We need to expand services available, such as looking at providing motor tax renewal, small scale banking, and creating digital hubs of the network in the absence the ever slow roll out of the National Broadband Plan.
“Minister Naughton needs to decide whether rural Ireland matters and he needs to take a hands-on approach. There has been a series of reports on the future of our post offices over recent years and there is model’s in other States where a viable and vibrant post office network is in place.
“The same should be created here and we need to resist the closure of viable post offices.”