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Laragh and Kilmacanogue post offices must be reopened and not lost in national review - John Brady TD

20 March, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has expressed concern at the continued closure of Kilmacanogue and Laragh/Glendalough Post offices.

Teachta Brady said:

“In recent days I have been in contact with An Post seeking an update in relation to the loss of postal services in both Kilmacanogue and Laragh/Glendalough.

“The temporary contract that was put in place following the retirement of the previous postmistress at Kilmacanogue Post Office has been terminated and the post office remains closed.

“I have been informed that both post offices will be included in the national review examining the sustainability of the Post Office Network.

“This review will be undertaken at the end of April and we will have no information as regards to the future of both post offices until that review is complete.

“The Government have been bystanders when it comes to the prolonged threat hanging over our post office services.

“We know that An Post is planning major re-structuring of the postal service and part of this plan is the closure of over 200 post offices. This must be resisted.

“While we acknowledge that An Post is currently facing serious financial difficulties, unilaterally moving to shut down hundreds of post office branches is the wrong move.

“We should be expanding services available at the post offices in line with the recommendations of The Kerr report.

“Car tax, local authority payments, as well as all Government payments, are services that should be available at every local post office branch. With many bank offices closing in rural Ireland, there is room for An Post to provide more financial services to citizens.

“Local post office branches are a vital element in the sustainability of small towns and villages across the State particularly, in rural villages such as Kilmacanogue and Laragh/Glendalough.

“The Government need to commit to protecting our postal services and action needs to be taken on the recommendations of The Kerr report.”

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