Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1055)

Jackie Cahill

Question:

1055. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the financial supports given to An Post in each of the years 2010 to 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14230/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Government made €30m available in State funding to An Post in 2017 to support the renewal of the post office network (€15m) and the continued fulfilment of a 5 day per week mails delivery service (€15m). As An Post is a commercial State body, this support was provided by way of a loan.

In 2018, Government funding of €80,000 was allocated for the ‘Digital Assist’ pilot scheme, which sees postmasters in ten rural post offices assisting the public with online Government transactions.

No other financial supports have been provided in the timeframe specified by the Deputy.