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An Post needs to provide better service for customers not job cuts

3 October, 2003

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin has described as "alarming" the announcement by An Post Chief Executive Donal Curtin that he plans to cut almost 1500 jobs in the next two years. Deputy Ó Caoláin said Communications Minister Dermot Ahern should not give the plan the go-ahead. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"It is alarming to find that at a time when the postal service has actually got worse for many customers An Post is proposing to cut 1500 jobs. This is purely a cost-cutting measure. If recent changes are anything to go by it is being done without any consideration of its impact on the service to the public, especially to people in rural Ireland.

"For example, in my own constituency the sorting office at Monaghan has been closed and mail is being routed through Athlone, causing considerably delays to delivery times. This is yet another blow to the already meagre infrastructure provided by Government outside the larger urban centres.

"I urge Minister Ahern not to rubber-stamp this proposal but to ensure that existing services are not only maintained but improved." ENDS

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