Fianna Fáil talking tough on post office closures but won’t use its power to prevent them - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin Communications spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has called on his Fianna Fáil counterpart Timmy Dooley TD to clarify if the closure of rural post offices will form a key part of negotiations with Fine Gael in the upcoming budget. This was suggested by Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy at a public meeting yesterday evening.
Teachta Stanley dismissed this as tough talk from Fianna Fáil who will not use their influence to prevent the closure of rural post offices.
Speaking today Teachta Stanley said;
“Roscommon Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has been quoted in the media as saying his party will negotiate the decision to close 159 rural post offices during the upcoming budget negotiations.
“I would like his party’s spokesperson Timmy Dooley to clarify this remark.
“Will the closure of rural post offices be a redline issue for Fianna Fáil in the budget negotiations?
“Will Fianna Fáil actually make this a key plank of their negotiations or is this just another case of Fianna Fáil making commitments that they don’t intend to keep?
“Given Fianna Fáil closed 206 post offices between 2006 and 2011 and have facilitated Fine Gael in the closure of 159 more, it is a bit galling to hear Fianna Fáil spokespeople talking tough about these closures when the reality is that they will not use the power that they hold to prevent them from happening.”