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Post offices can still pay out welfare 14.11.07

INISHOWEN post offices can continue paying out social welfare benefits, a court ruled yesterday.
The European Court of Justice rejected a submission from the EU Commission that challenged the Irish Government's decision to award the contract to An Post.
The court ruling was welcomed by a North West MEP who said it would help rural post offices throughout the country to survive.
Independent MEP, Marian Harkin said: “This has been a very important victory for the Irish Government and it will be a great relief to the operators of our post offices."
However, she feared the Commission would mount another challenge at a future date.
“The future of our rural post offices, in particular, will be at risk if An Post loses the social welfare contract in the future and there is an urgent need to evaluate today’s judgement to assess the threat which could emerge should the European Commission mount a more effective challenge in the future."
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