Support for Post Office Network is good news for Carlow – Deering 

17th November, 2016

Fine Gael TD for Carlow Pat Deering, speaking today in the Dáil on the motion regarding the Post Office Network, said “it is vital that we will support local post offices. This network is a national asset, and the local knowledge and interaction with rural communities must be protected.  

Deputy Deering stated “The post office is a defining facility in rural villages and can play an enhanced role in their development and with this to the fore the Government recognises the importance of the Post Office network in rural Ireland. Rural post offices have a capacity to provide more than social welfare payments and the Government is committed to a viable Post Office network and is taking a number of steps to secure the network in the long term.

“While post offices remain central to Irish communities, there is a challenge to ensure that they remain competitive. The Post Business Development Group were asked to identify new business opportunities for the post office network and they reported back earlier this year with 23 recommendations which cover a number of areas, including network renewal, financial services, government services and the creation of hubs around which local economic and social activity could revolve.

“Implementing the recommendations of this report, though challenging, is very important. It is essential that we continue to create jobs in all parts of the country to provide business for post offices and to invest in vital services”.

Deering added, “The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to acting on the recommendations in the report of the Post Office Network Business Development Group”.

Fine Gael is working to ensure that the economic progress we have made in Government is used to benefit everyone in society. This means prioritising our services sector and supporting post offices as it is vital that we put our valued post office network on a sustainable footing into the future”.