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Rural ‘Independent’ TDs silent on proposed An Post closures – Tóibín

12 April, 2017

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Rural Affairs Peadar Tóibín TD has criticised the plans to close potentially hundreds of post offices, many of which are in already highly isolated areas in rural Ireland which have already witnessed the decline of services thanks to the Fine Gael Government.

An Teachta Tóibín was especially critical of those Independent TDs in Government who were elected to protect rural Ireland who now remain utterly silent on such a critical issue.

The Meath West TD said:

“An Post has been described as the lifeblood of rural Ireland, especially at a time when we have seen the slashing of other vital services and serious population decline in many areas. Though technology is rapidly advancing, An Post has an integral role in servicing communities, and ways to innovate and increase the viability of the network has been identified by numerous reports.

“It is greatly disappointing that yet more closures are being proposed – following Fine Gael’s closure of 198 post offices during their last term. This relentless closure of post offices serves only this government’s Tory agenda – not the people of rural Ireland.

“What beggars belief though is the silence of the Independent TDs on the issue – those who were elected to serve the people of rural Ireland. They are simply complying with the wishes of Fine Gael. As a result, they are failing those who they promised to serve and depriving rural Ireland of a voice in Government to fight on their behalf.

“We witnessed similar behaviour with the bus strike with the Independent TDs clamming up and enabling chaos to be wreaked across the state. I am urging them to take a stand for their constituents. In the face of such reticence and reluctance to take action to protect our public services, their ‘independent’ moniker is a total misnomer.” 

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