Brendan Smith calls for urgent support for Post Office Network to provide additional services to public

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith is calling on the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to fully support the Post Office Network so that the service can be utilised to provide important additional services to the public. 

In a question to the Minister in the Dáil, Deputy Brendan Smith stated: “What measures is the Minister planning to implement to support the post office network in view of the particular challenges facing that sector at present?” 

Deputy Smith added: “The Post Office Network has a strong role to play in providing state services to the public and it is vitally important that it is supported fully to ensure it can both continue and increase its role in providing additional new services.” 

In response to the Cavan and Monaghan TD’s question, the Minister stated that the Government is fully committed to a sustainable post office network as a key component of the economic and social infrastructure in both rural and urban areas, adding that the Government “continues to provide significant business to An Post through the Department of Social Protection’s Social Welfare contract and National Treasury Management Agency business”. 

Deputy Smith concluded: “Now is the time to get behind and fully support the Post Office Network in this transition period. The service is in a perfect position to play a key role in providing new services – now and into the future – to the public, in both rural and urban areas. With the right support, the Post Office Network has the opportunity become not just a sustainable service, but a thriving one.”