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Ferris calls for maintenance of An Post

5 July, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Martin Ferris TD, has placed an amendment to the Postal Services Bill which would maintain An Post as the universal service provider within the postal system. The Bill seeks to put into effect a European Directive which would lead to the breaking up and privatisation of the postal services.

Deputy Ferris said:

“The fact that Minister Rabbitte appears to be moving away from the initial designation of An Post for seven years is proof of the concerns which exist around the implications which this Bill as it stands has for the future of the postal service in this state. The experience of other states, including Britain is that the EU Directive lays the ground for the ultimate breaking up and privatisation of postal collection and deliveries.

“I believe that that would have disastrous implications for the postal services. That is why I am tabling an amendment that would ensure that An Post is retained as the universal service provider. If the Bill passes as it stands it will inevitably lead to the breaking up and privatisation of An Post and that will lead to a falling off in the quality of service provision, particularly in rural areas.” ENDS

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