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Post Office Network.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 29 May 2008

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Ceisteanna (28)

Ciaran Lynch

Ceist:

25 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the progress made in regard to the commitment given in the programme for Government to ensure that as many Government services as possible operate through the post office network; the types of services that will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21390/08]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

As set out in the programme for Government, the Government remains fully committed to the objective of securing a viable and sustainable nationwide post office network through a range of measures including maximising the volume of both public and private sector business handled through the network. Currently 71% of the post office network's revenue comes from Government contracts.

The responsibility for awarding contracts to An Post in relation to Government services is a matter, in the first instance, for the Department or agency awarding the contract. Furthermore, under procurement legislation, contracts must be awarded following a transparent public procurement process. It is an operational matter for the Board and management of An Post as to whether they tender for Government contracts.

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