Rural Ireland needs services such as Postal Network to survive – Stanley
Sinn Féin Communications Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has said that the Government is failing rural Ireland with post office closures. This comes as Sinn Féin put a Motion before the Dáil this evening which seeks to save the postal network from announced closures, and see a revitalised postal network into the future.
The Laois TD said:
“The closure of 159 post offices announced last month comes on the back of previous closures. From 2000 – 2011 under Fianna Fáil, 732 post offices closed their doors. We have one of the most rural populations in Europe and it needs services to survive.
“Government have not taken action on the postal network and revitalised the network by adding additional services. It has been left to stand still for years. Services such as motor tax renewal and small scale banking should be available through the post office network.
“The postal network is a vital facility in rural Ireland. Other services have been lost and rural Ireland cannot survive without essential services that all communities need. Part of this is the need to realise the importance of our post offices in communities and the potential they have in providing further services in the future.”