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Expanding services provided by post offices should be the primary focus, not closing them – Stanley

4 May, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Brian Stanley TD Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Communications Climate Action and Environment speaking as the Postmasters agree today to begin month long talks on the future of the post office network has said that we need to first look at the options available to the post office network to make it viable rather than take an axe to the rural network.

Deputy Stanley said:

“Keeping open viable post offices should be a priority with the expansion of services they provide, such as basic banking services, motor tax renewals, business rates, rents and other Government payment services. The Postmasters themselves have said that An Post needs to embrace innovation

“We need to implement the recommendations in the Kerr Report. The Postmasters have said today that it is a ‘betrayal’ that the report has not been delivered upon.  There has been years lost in not putting together a plan for our post office network so that they are viable and provide much needed services to communities, and especially rural communities.

“There are options open to the Minister and An Post and we urge both parties to act on these and we hope the talks commencing with An Post and the Postmasters will result in a revitalised and sustainable new post office service in the future, which Sinn Féin fully support.” 

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