POST OFFICES NEED TO BE SAVED FROM EXTINCTION – CLLR DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has called on the Government to take seriously the value of the post office network in Ireland.Cllr Gary DohertyThe Stranorlar Electoral Area Councillor made his comments after it emerged recently that a number of welfare recipients were issued letters by the Department of Social Protection encouraging them to have payments made directly into their bank accounts – a service which has traditionally been provided by the Post Office.“It is vital that the post office network is viewed for what it is – a national asset.” “The network of Post Offices is extensive and with branches in almost every community across the state it is a service which is worth maintaining.”He added that in recent years, the network has come under serious pressure and is currently fighting for its survival.“However, I believe that more government services should be directed towards the post office network as this is something which would make these services much more accessible to communities while at the same time ensuring the survival of the network.”“The revelations earlier this month that welfare recipients have been advised to have payments made directly into their bank accounts is a worrying development and the Government must review this decision and commit to the continuation of payments being handled through the post office network.” “At present, social protection payments amount to approximately thirty per cent of the total business of post offices and therefore it is vital that this remains the case.”“The post office plays an important role in many communities across Ireland and indeed here in Donegal: It’s a focal point for many in the community, especially amongst our elderly citizens.”“The post office is embedded in rural life in particular and, as its loss would be deeply felt, the government must make every effort to ensure its survival.” POST OFFICES NEED TO BE SAVED FROM EXTINCTION – CLLR DOHERTY was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalextinctionpost officeslast_img