Review of post offices should be suspended until report is published

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An Post should suspend any planned closure or review of post offices until the publication of a report in September by a sub-committee of the Oireachtas Social Committee on the future of such offices, according to Paul Connaughton T.D.
‘A sub-committee of the Oireachtas Social Committee is due to report in September on how the Government can put more businesses into post offices. I firmly believe that An Post should suspend all planned closures and reviews for three months until this report is produced, which could illuminate opportunities for post offices as a social hub in rural Ireland. In recent weeks, concerns have been raised all across East Galway in relation to planned closure of post offices in Barnadearg, Caherlistrane and Cappataggle. I believe that the report of this sub-committee could point towards a new future for post offices, which could influence the viability of rural post offices. I believe that until such time as this report is produced, all planned closures of post offices should be suspended and reviews of the viability of particular post offices should also cease until this report is finalised.’