Talk to candidates about posts offices – Donohoe

Voters in County Roscommon should put postal services and the maintenance of their local post offices top of their shopping list with rural TDs in the upcoming election, according to IFA County Chairman Bernard Donohue.             Mr. Donohue recently met with An Post Chief Executive Donal Connell and during the meeting he stressed the necessity of maintaining rural post offices networks and services.             Mr. Donohue said that opening up the postal services to competition in 2009 and the pursuit of profits must not be allowed to undermine existing rural postal services and costs, and the Association would resist any acceleration in the closure of rural post offices. The Kilmore farmer also said that the rural post offices provide valuable and necessary services to local communities and that An Post should look at adding and improving services.             ‘IFA and its countryside section would be happy to work with An Post to encourage rural people to support the local post offices, but to achieve this An Post need to introduce new services such as banking to all of its network and not just to the bigger post offices,’ he added.             Mr. Donohue said that with the opening up of the postal market to competition, people living in rural Ireland needed an absolute commitment from the Government and ComReg, that postal services and especially the cost of posting and delivering letters would not increase in rural Ireland at the expense of lower prices in the more densely populated cities.