Post Office closures 'not a Government decision', says Carlow TD

'The post office network here in Carlow is in need of modernisation,' says Deputy Pat Deering

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Creating a sustainable future for our post office network is in everyone’s interest, Fine Gael TD Pat Deering has said.

As part of the strategy for modernising post offices, An Post Retail has been established as a dedicated business unit within An Post.  

Deputy Deering said: “The post office network here in Carlow is in need of modernisation to maintain and grow a postal service so it meets the needs of communities across the country, particularly in rural areas.

“The recent announcement by An Post of voluntary closures stems from an agreement reached in May with the Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) Executive.  It is not a Government decision.

“This agreement follows three months of intensive negotiations overseen by Turlough O’Donnell SC, and subsequently endorsed by 80% of IPU members.

“An Post has committed to a post office for every community of over 500 people; within 15km of 95% of the population and 3km in urban areas.

“While there will be some consolidation to ensure post offices are conveniently and properly located, there will be no compulsory closures.

“An Post will open up to 20 new offices round the country, in communities of more than 500 people currently without a post office, to remain the largest retail network in the country.”

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said: “It’s important to say that the Government doesn’t close post offices. If a post office is closing it’s because the post master wants to retire.

“It’s important to get the message across that in any of these communities, if the post office is viable and the local shop keeper or anyone else want to take it on they need to apply to An Post.

“Where the post master is retiring, if someone is willing to take the job on, and it’s viable, then we want that to happen. I’m advising interested parties to go to An Post, say you’re willing to take it on,” An Taoiseach said.