Expansion of Post Office Network services vital – Stanley
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Brian Stanley TD, has indicated his support for an expansion of the services provided by Ireland’s Post office network.
Deputy Stanley spoke after meeting with representatives of An Post and the Communication Workers Union.
“The success of the recent pilot scheme between post offices in Credit Unions demonstrates the scope for bringing additional financial services to our post office network, and there is no reason why this scheme could not be rolled out nationwide.
“We have an opportunity to increase our use of the Post office network. The technology exists to provide a network that is fully computerized and linked to rural Ireland. The post office network is already equipped to do more business.
“Giving post offices the ability to sell insurance, process motor tax, and conduct individual banking services would secure their position in the community.
“It is crucial however that the government does not continue to encourage business away from Post offices by directing people to have welfare payments paid directly into bank accounts.
“Currently the majority of business conducted by An Post is government related and many would struggle to survive without this business. The social cost to small towns and villages of losing a post office needs to be factored in.
“An Post is unique in semi-state companies of having no state support, despite having a reach into every parish.
“Whilst the network is being challenged by modern changes we still have the ability to preserve this service into the future.”