Brendan Smith: Post Office network needs Government support to provide range of additional services

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Brendan Smith has renewed his call for the government to provide additional financial support for the Post Office Network to allow them to provide additional government services.

Following a Dáil question to the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Brendan Smith commented, “I have asked the Minister specifically for an update on when the Inter-Departmental Group Report on the Post Office Network will be submitted to the Government for decisions.

“Our post office network is the lifeblood for many rural communities across Ireland and they need financial support to continue to provide vital services for many people who may not be digitally or technology focused. 

“There are also other Government services that the post office network would be ideally placed to administer and should be given the opportunity to do so as part of the Inter-Departmental Group Report.”

In response to Deputy Smith’s question, Minister Eamon Ryan stated: “My Department is engaging with the company, other Government Departments and agencies and key stakeholders in line with this commitment.

“The work of an Inter-Departmental Group established to consider the feasibility of new Government services is being considered at present and the report of the Group will be brought to Government when all options have been considered.”