CO COUNCIL ASKED TO BACK SURVIVAL STRATEGY FOR RURAL POST OFFICES

8 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The need for rural Post Offices to acquire the provision of additional services in order to remain viable and continue to form an important element in the sustainability of countryside communities was the emphasis in a presentation made to Tuesday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.
Kieran McEntee of the Irish Postmasters Union called on the Council members for support for the acquisition by Post Offices of the right to provide additional transactions, stating that this was necessary in order for the service to remain a part of the fabric of rural Ireland.
While some members expressed concern about Post Offices acquiring services that were currently the responsibility of local authorities to deliver, there was full backing for a proposal from Sean Conlon calling on Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to preserve existing postal services and facilitate additional services in order to assist the sustainability of rural communities.
Hugh McElvaney also won full support for a call on An Post to provide improved rates of remuneration for postmasters and postmistresses.
A proposal by Brian McKenna requesting Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to introduce protocols that would allow Post Offices to handle driving licence applications and renewals, and form outlets for the payment of the household charge, passed on a vote of 13-6.
Introducing Mr McEntee, Co Mayor Seamus Coyle described him as a very hard-working representative of the Irish Postmasters Union on behalf of Post Offices across the country. He operated a …

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