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Government must stand up to An Post management

20 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Communications Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has called on the Government to stand up to management at An Post to preserve essential public services particularly in rural Ireland. Deputy Crowe made his comments today as speculation mounted that An Post are to announce the further notice of closure of up to 500 post offices.

He said, "It is expected that An Post will soon announce the closure of up to 500 post offices throughout the state which they claim is because many of the offices are no longer viable. However, we now have the ridiculous situation where the Post Office in Roscrea is being downgraded as we speak despite being situated in one of the fastest growing towns in North Tipperary. This leads one to question An Post's interpretation of the word viable.

"Regardless of the viability or profitability of many of these offices, one of the primary functions of An Post is to provide a service to the people of the state and we must remember that the company made €120 million from the sale of SDS services giving them plenty of financial flexibility.

"It is my belief, and it is shared by many, that the real reason behind An Post management wanting to sell off so many of its offices is that it is part of a fattening up process of the company in preparation for its eventual privatisation. This cannot be allowed to happen.

"This company must be forced to stand by its public service commitment. We need to preserve essential public services particularly in rural Ireland where this proposal would have huge detrimental effects on many communities." ENDS

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