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Ferris expresses support for postal action

6 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Kerry North TD Martin Ferris has expressed his support for the one hour stoppage by postal workers which is taking place at lunch time today. The stoppage, organised by An Post unions, is in opposition to EU proposals to privatise postal deliveries and is part of a Europe wide action.

Deputy Ferris said today, "Sinn Féin is totally opposed to any move towards privatisation of the postal services. There is no rationale behind it other than to create new profit making opportunities for corporate business and will bring no benefits to users of the service.

"Such a proposal flies in the face of the historical experience and rationale for the public control of the postal service and public utilities. The reason they were taken into public ownership in the first instance was that private enterprise was unable, or uninterested for economic reasons, to properly provide these services. Now generations of public investment and success is to be sacrificed to provide niche markets for private interests who will be unable to provide the same level of service.

"I call on the Irish Government to oppose this proposal on the grounds of the harm that it will do to the Irish postal service and to the fabric of Irish communities which will be further eroded as part of the ongoing withdrawal of public services, especially in rural areas." ENDS

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