Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has confirmed that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture will request the attendance of the Chief Executive of An Post to discuss the persistent closures of rural post offices.
Senator Ó Domhnaill who is a member of the committee said: “I am anxious to ensure that the Chief Executive of An Post, Donal Connell, comes before the Committee as soon as possible.
“There are genuine concerns about the company’s policy to close small rural post offices and the devastating impact on small rural communities. Post offices were closed in Laghey and Meenlaragh over the past number of months without adequate advance notice or local consultation.
“The impact on communities of losing such a basic amenity is significant. This is not just about the services that post offices provide, the post office is also focal point of the community. At this time, when rural communities are being targeted for severe cuts to services, many communities feel that the loss of the post office is another nail in the coffin.”