Post Of­fice net­work vi­tal to ru­ral Louth

The Argus - - NEWS -

FEARS over the fu­ture of the Post Of­fice net­work were raised this week.

Dun­dalk TD, Peter Fitz­patrick raised con­cerns about long term plans for the ser­vice, say­ing:

‘ The Post Of­fice Net­work is an in­te­gral part of Ir­ish So­ci­ety and must be pro­tected and made sus­tain­able.

Here in Louth and East Meath there are many ru­ral ar­eas that de­pend heav­ily on their lo­cal post of­fice in­clud­ing Ardee, Louth Vil­lage, Dun­leer and Car­ling­ford, to name just a few.

There is no doubt that the Post Of­fice Net­work is fac­ing huge chal­lenges right now.

One of the main chal­lenges is the fact that An Post is los­ing money and over the past seven years it has in­curred losses of €340 mil­lion.

These kinds of losses are un­sus­tain­able and ac­tion needs to be taken im­me­di­ately to en­sure that the Postal Ser­vice has a vi­able and sus­tain­able fu­ture.’

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