Successive governments have decided our post office network is not worth saving - Brian Stanley TD
The closure of 159 post offices across the state will have a detrimental impact on rural Ireland according to Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley TD.
Speaking this afternoon after An Post published a list of post offices to close Teachta Stanley said;
“Rural Ireland is losing jobs and basic services. Much of the country is without basic modern communications with the National Broadband Plan in such a mess.
“These 159 closures will have a detrimental impact. There is only so much rural Ireland can take.
“Some counties will be particularly hard hit with closures. Donegal will lose 17 post offices and Galway will lose 18 according to today’s announcement.
“Whilst we understand this is a voluntary retirement scheme backed by the Irish Postmasters Union, the government has shown no interest in keeping our post office network alive and viable.
“Sinn Féin has said previously that alternatives to revitalise our post office network are available. Post offices have the potential to become community hubs, providing government and local services and we should look at small scale banking similar to that in operation in New Zealand.
Unfortunately successive governments, under both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, have decided that our post office network is not worth saving which is why we have today’s announcement from An Post.”