Deputy Bobby Alyward
Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil TD, Bobby Aylward is calling on those who want to want to protect the future of the county’s post office network to attend his public meeting, ‘Saving our Post Offices’ on Monday, May 15th at 8.30pm in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny.
“Joining me on the night will be my party’s spokesperson on communications, Timmy Dooley TD and Ned O’Hara from the Irish Postmasters Union.
“In the last two years, we have faced huge battles to keep the likes of Inistioge Post Office in Kilkenny and Bilboa Post Office in Carlow open.
“Thanks to amazing community activism and hard work, these two post offices were kept open. People attended public meetings in large numbers and made submissions outlining importance of the local post office to their community.
“In recent weeks, we have heard that the Government are considering closing up to 300 post offices, some of which could be in Carlow and Kilkenny.
“Postmasters feel betrayed that the Bobby Kerr proposals have not been delivered. Many promises were made by the Government to them on how they would support a vibrant post office network.
“Additional services such as delivering Motor Tax and basic banking services need to be rolled out to ensure that the current model remains sustainable. Post Offices in Carlow and Kilkenny should be used as community hubs with the ability to provide transport, tourism and training services to local people.
“We need political leadership from both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten on the issue by ensuring that the Post Office network can reach its full potential in delivering additional services in the communities which they are based.
“The Government wants to take the easy option of closing post offices rather than being creative about their future. Increasing the number of services that they have to offer is the key to seeing the network thrive.
“Fianna Fáil recognises that the local post office is the fabric of many communities. The closure of post offices will only add to hardship that rural communities in our county have suffered problem in recent years and must be resisted.
“We want to hear ideas from the public about what services they want to see provided in their local post office.
“This is your chance to inform the discussion, and I would urge everyone with an interest in keeping the post office open to attend the meeting on Monday, May 15th and have their voice heard,” concluded Aylward.