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Fianna Fáil posturing on Post Offices exposed in their failure to turn out for their own Motion – Conway-Walsh

20 September, 2018 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has questioned the commitment of Fianna Fáil to saving rural post offices after their own motion on the issue was poorly attended by their own senators.

Speaking after a motion on post office closures in the Seanad, the Mayo Senator said:

“There was only one speaker from Fianna Fáil on behalf of the motion and only three Fianna Fáil senators turned up to the vote. There is no use in attending mass rallies calling for the protection of rural post offices if those same politicians are not going to use every avenue available in the Oireachtas to achieve this.

“I was strongly critical of Fianna Fáil’s attempts to explain away the 732 post office closures that happened when they were in government. These closures took place at a time when the rural population was increasing and when rural Ireland needed more services rolled out. Post office closures were wrong then and they are wrong now.

“I called on the government to listen to and work with those communities attempting to keep their local post office. There are many examples around Mayo where local communities have shown imagination and commitment to make their local post office viable. Blanket closures such as happened recently mean that this initiative is ruled out for years to come.” 

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