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Mc Gill asks Ministers to explore life-line for Post Offices

1 April, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone Assembly member Claire McGill has submitted a written question, for an urgent response, to all Ministers in the Executive asking them to investigate what they can do to enable the public to access relevant services offered by their Departments at Post offices franchises and therefore support the long-term viability and sustainability of the Post Office Network.

Claire McGill said,

"In light of the announcement that 96 Post offices are earmarked for closure and given the disastrous social and economic consequences this would have, particularly on rural communities, it is crucial that the Assembly and Executive examine the potential of services offered by the Departments being delivered through local Post Office so as to ensure their viability and sustainability.

"Today, in a series of urgent written questions, I have asked all Ministers to consider what their departments can collectively do in this respect.

"In doing so, I am mindful the proposed closures in the six counties are part of a British Treasury savings drive which aims to close another 2,400 Post Office closures in Britain and as such we will be fighting an uphill battle to thwart the designs of British central government.

"However, I believe that if there is a collective willingness among local Ministers to introduce measures which would provide a life-line for our Post Offices which are under threat then it will be more difficult for the Post Office to justify the scale of closures which are currently being proposed." ENDS

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