Martin Kenny TD welcomes assurance of no more compulsory closures of post offices
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Rural and Community Development Martin Kenny TD has welcomed the statement from communications Minister Denis Naughten on the future of the post office network.
Speaking in Sligo today, Deputy Kenny said:
“The announcement from An Post of agreement with the Irish Postmasters’ Union on the future of the post office network is more than welcome.
“For years communities and elected representatives in rural areas have argued, campaigned and protested at the closure of post offices and highlighted their massive social and logistical role in communities.
“It is particularly welcome that the modernisation of the network is promised to take place in a transparent and community-focused manner.
“The statement by the Minister that the future plan will rule out compulsory closures of post offices is long-awaited.
“I have contacted his department to ascertain if this provision applies to those post offices which have been listed for closure in the recent past, such as, in my own constituency, Ballygawley and Aughavas.
“I look forward to a positive response from the Irish Postmasters’ Union to the plans and hope that the post office network will continue to play its important role in rural and urban communities throughout this State.”