Post offices provide a vital lifeline for rural communities, said IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary.
The IFA’s countryside spokesman, Mr O’Leary has welcomed clarification from the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte that the Government does not plan to close post offices.
“An Post’s network of over 1,100 post offices provides an essential range of services to rural communities, with over 1.8m customers using post offices each year,” said Mr O’Leary. “The decision by financial institutions such as AIB, National Irish Bank and Permanent TSB to reduce their nationwide branch network has had a profound effect on services in rural Ireland.
“Post offices across the country are uniquely positioned to secure their long-term future by expanding the current offering and meeting the demand created by the decision of these financial institutions to close branches,” said Mr O’Leary.
He also called on An Post to expand its current product offering.
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