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Clare Post Offices Must be Protected - McKee

Published: 27 June, 2014

Rural post offices provide a vital service and are an indispensible part of the life of towns and villages. As such they should be protected from closures and cuts. Those opinions were put to us by a Clare county councillor this week. The comments by Mike McKee of Sinn Féin were in response to an An Post review of Cratloe post office and a campaign to save it from closure.

Cllr. McKee also said "Sinn Féin participated in an all-party committee on the future of the post office network. This recommended that the offices should not only be retained, they should be enhanced. This was to be done by for example, ensuring they continue to dispense social welfare payments and by giving them the power to collect motor tax and other local taxes. All the Dáil parties agreed with the recommendations of the committee, so what we are asking them to do is implement their own report by protecting post offices. Instead Post offices are threatened with privatisation, downgrading or closure".

"The Irish Postmasters Union published a report recently which found that the postal network will decline by 48% by 2017. Post offices provide vital services. They are also a focal point of many towns and villages. They are a meeting place for many people. Closures will no doubt add to rural isolation. An Post and the government need to work to guarantee a thriving post office network across rural Ireland, providing an increased range of services".

"I applaud the action group to save Cratloe post office. I hope they will be successful, for my part I'll do anything I can to help them in this important campaign" the Shannon area councillor said.