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Stop "gutting" rural Ireland - TD 13.03.17

A Donegal TD has expressed "serious concerns" about the proposed closure of 80 Irish post offices and says the move "must be resisted" in rural Ireland.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue was commenting following the release of the Kerr report into the national post office network, its services and future viability.
Deputy McConalogue said that if the issue came down solely to profit margins, all post offices would have to close.
“However, a post office is more than just a place to post a letter or collect your pension; it’s a social hub for the entire community," said the FF deputy.
"Many people use post offices as a place to meet their friends and neighbours, to find out what’s happening in their local community.
“The function of post offices needs to change; the Government and local authorities should look at trying to transfer facilities, such as paying for motor tax, to post offices.
Deputy Charlie McConalogue.
This will provide a much-needed boost to the operators, and keep the rural post office open.
“Too many services are already under threat in rural Ireland – Garda stations, small schools and now post offices. It’s time to call a halt to the gutting of rural Ireland,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.
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