Postal and Telecommunications Services (Amendment) Bill 2015: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983 to obligate An Post to maintain the post office network throughout the State as it currently stands.

This is a short Bill to ensure, in legislative format, that ComReg places a public service obligation on An Post to ensure the post office network, as it currently exists, is maintained throughout the nation. It is a vital piece of legislation. For many years, there has been much talk about An Post and the post office network throughout the State. However, unless the House adopts this Bill, we are at nothing regarding maintaining the post office network, which is vital for the well-being of both rural and urban communities which An Post wishes to serve.

Is the Bill opposed?

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Question put and agreed to.