Fianna Fáil Communications Spokesperson, Timmy Dooley TD has said that the proposed stamp price increases, soon to be approved by the Government, cannot be seen as a solution to the financial challenges facing An Post, and the postal network in general.

Deputy Dooley was commenting following news that the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten TD would be bringing forward to Government a proposal to remove the statutory cap on the cost of a stamp to bring it into line with the EU average.

“The Board, and Management, of An Post need to understand, and accept that they must develop a long term business plan that ensures the viability of the postal service, and one which does not require continual price increases in the cost of stamps.”

“Equally Minister Naughten, and the Government, must ensure that the post office network is allowed provide additional services, such as the provision of motor tax services, to ensure their long term viability.”

“While there may be an initial cash injection into An Post as a result of this price increase, long term, An Post must be conscious that it will increase the cost of doing business for many SMEs and larger companies who use the postal service extensively.”

“SMEs will now begin to look at non-postal service options to communicate with their customers, and this must be factored in when looking to increase the price of a stamp.”

“The people who will be affected most by this measure is those who rely on it most – people living in rural isolated communities who have yet to see the benefits of alternative means of communication such as broadband,” concluded Dooley.