TD Calls For An Post Officials To Appear Before Dáil Committee To Explain Cork Closure

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Bríd Smith TD says Committee meeting with An Post heads must go ahead before summer recess

A planned Dáil committee that was to hear from An Post officials about the closure of the Corks Little Island mail centre should go ahead before the Dáil recess for the summer according to committee member Bríd Smith TD.

The TD expressed concern that the committee hearing could be cancelled until September given the urgency of the issue for workers and businesses in Cork.

The TD echoed criticisms of An Posts decision saying that it needed to be examined to see if the closure made sense. “This is not just about the bottom line for An Post or what makes economic sense for them now, it has to also be about what is best for the country and our post office network in the longer term.”

The TD also said that the repeated rational for the Little Island closure is the same for the continued dismantling of the rural post office network and must be challenged.

“An Post say they will save €11million from this closure, but we need to look at the wider cost for the region. It is also short-sighted considering An Post acknowledges that parcel and e-deliveries are rising dramatically. If we hope to unroll broadband and see an uptake in business in rural areas then why are we closing down a modern facility that is well placed geographically for the whole South West?”