31 Aug 2018, 16.03

Communications Minister Denis Naughten will appear before a meeting of the Communications, Climate Action and Environment Committee on Tuesday, 4 September as part of hearings to examine the deal worked out between An Post and the Irish Postmasters’ Union which will lead to the closure of 159 rural post offices in a restructuring plan.

Also attending the meeting are David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, as well as Seamus Maye, Chairman of the Public Banking Forum of Ireland, Tom O’Callaghan, leader of the forum’s Post Office Unit and its secretary and lead researcher Gerry Duddy.

The meeting will start at 2pm in Committee Room 3. The schedule is:

2pm - Representatives from the Public Banking Forum of Ireland (PBFI)    
3pm - Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment  Representatives from An Post; Representatives on behalf of the Post Office Networks and Representatives on behalf of An Post Mailing Centres  

Chair of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment Hildegarde Naughton TD said: “At our meeting on Tuesday, we will examine the deal worked out between An Post and the Irish Postmasters’ Union. While we understand the need for An Post to develop a strategic plan for the future viability of the network, we are also keenly aware that post offices are part of the social fabric of many rural communities, providing important services, particularly for many older and marginalised people. The meeting affords us the opportunity to examine the deal in greater detail and to consider how communities may be impacted and what changes can be expected in terms of service from An Post in the future.”

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