Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Timmy Dooley has said that he is deeply worried about reports coming from across Ireland that post office closures are being discussed by An Post with local communities.

“Only this week, residents in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford who use the existing post office have received letters from An Post explaining that the post office there may be facing closure.

“While the company is asking customers to make their views known on the post office’s future, they are doing it in a way that definitely limits the scope for participation.

“Letters began to be circulated at the end of last week with a deadline for receipt of submissions set at Wednesday, 2nd August.

“To make matters worse, they must be made in writing with no option to make submissions via email. This is no way to carry out a public consultation.

“It’s deeply worrying that a village such as Kilmeaden is potentially about to lose its post office. It is located 36km from Dungarvan and 8km from Waterford City.

“This attempt at seeking the views of the local community seems to me to be just a box ticking exercise with the decision taken already to close it.

“Minister Naughten needs to call in senior management from An Post and instruct them to desist from closing, or attempting to close, any more post offices across the country.

“Rural communities desperately need a post office to allow it retain some semblance of vibrancy. It’s not on, and it must be opposed,” concluded Dooley.