Fianna Fáil’s Communications Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley TD has taken Minister Denis Naughten to task for failing to deliver on his commitments to secure the future of a vibrant post office network.

“Fianna Fáil outlined our own detailed plans over two years ago. We’re waiting for the Government and the Minister to catch up. It has continually dragged its heels on announcing a sustainable plan for the future of the post office network,” said Dooley.

“Last May, Minister Naughten, as part of his and Fine Gael’s Programme for Government, committed to “act swiftly on the recommendations of the Post Office Business Development Group” and expand provision into areas like motor tax and a new repayment account.”

“The question needs to be asked: was this just talk and if not, where are the plans now?” asked Dooley

“The Post Office Network Renewal Working Group was established to ‘Develop a Five Year Strategy for the Network’, but from what I can see, the Government has not engaged in any meaningful way with them.”

“A lot of time has been spent on establishing working groups and taskforces, but what’s needed now is action plan with clear targets that can be measured.”

“Minister Naughton must immediately update the Dáil with a timetable on actions to safeguard the post office network and steps to progress the current renewal process,” added Dooley.

“I will continue to raise this issue with the Minister at every opportunity.

“Post offices play an important role within communities. The Government must bring forward a plan for their future without any further delay. Putting this issue on the long finger just isn’t good enough,” concluded Dooley.