The apparently “most efficient” is not always “the best”.
The cost to benefit analysis modelling could have indicated we have to maintain efficiency at a “peak efficacy” through removal of small rural post offices. Letter communication and basic services are constrained. And so it was early in the 1970s around closures of small rural schools. Small communities were further reduced.
Before this it would have been smaller and rurally located railway stations.
In between such closures we may include Garda stations, libraries, the creameries, dance halls and or cinemas, small bank branches, stores and shops.
We lived through trials of narrow-mindedness and of cruelty toward unattached and unmarried mothers and there were bouts of cruelty about difference, from the general weal, of individuals. There was also intelligence and with it, acceptance of others not having a copy of a general outlook. Community-watch adherents, many, cleave to bullying opportunities.
Religion framed and constrained and could be a bullying, demanding, jealous membership. It enabled comfort and communal celebration at life’s intersections under its aegis but step away and outside and there came stricture.
Escape to cities and seeking work abroad drew away younger people, often not to return, though some do.
Mobile phones and more advanced communications have bridged wide distances among subscribers. But, despite these being highly lucrative, ongoing – comprehensive digital access, here, is a chimera. And ‘the market’ is a poor provider of housing among us here.
We peer dumbfounded into the abyss of provision on public purse of a children’s hospital whilst rural post offices are shut for efficiencies.