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Ferris questions COMREG decision to take action against An Post

9 February, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD


The Sinn Féin spokesperson on communications, Martin Ferris TD has questioned the decision by the communications regulator (COMREG) to take An Post to court on the grounds of alleged deficiencies in the service provided by the company. An Post has stated that it will vigorously contest the action.

Deputy Ferris said:

“I am highly suspicious of this move in the light of the clear desire on the part of certain sectors to bring about the breaking up and privatisation of the postal service. I pointed this out in the debate here on the legislation to take into domestic law the EU Postal Directive.

“While every company has its failings I have yet to receive a single complaint in ten years regarding a decline in service and indeed COMREG’s own surveys have shown a consistent improvement in service over the past 30 years. Will such a court case then be used as a Trojan horse to hasten the break up of An Post?

“I would also question COMREG’s enthusiasm for taking on the state postal service in contrast to its seeming impotency in relation to private companies’ abuse of, for example, premium rate phone numbers”.

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