Post Offices must be protected in Broadcast Plan - David Cullinane TD
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for communications, said today that rural Ireland needs its post offices, and the government’s broadcast bill, if enacted, will hasten their demise. This cannot be allowed to happen.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“The collection of TV Licence fees is worth €3m annually to local post offices. This is revenue that the network can ill afford to lose.
“We know that Fine Gael is determined to privatise the postal system, and the tendering of the TV licence collection , if allowed to go ahead, will be another nail in the coffin for towns and villages across the state.
“While the Minister said today that it is only collection not the selling of the licences that will be put out to tender, we all know that one without the other is not viable commercially and that the overall package will be taken out of public hands.
“This is not just about pounds, shillings and pence – the post office network must be kept alive and the way to do this is to have more state services challenged through the network, not less.
“I am writing to the Postmasters Union to seek a meeting in order to hear first-hand their concerns.
“Rural Ireland and our post offices must be protected.”