Saturday 22 July 2017

Communities must not let go of postal services too easily

The post office in Oldcastle, Co Meath. Picture Mark Condren
The post office in Oldcastle, Co Meath. Picture Mark Condren
John Downing

John Downing

A school, a shop, a pub, a church, a garage. Put together a variant of any or all of these and you have a rural community that you can call a hamlet, a village or even a town.

But for any of these to continue and flourish, the post office can never be far away. The post office brings more than mail. It is the place where elderly people collect their weekly pension, parents collect the children's allowance and people avail of a host of other small financial services geared to their needs. For all our social media, in very many places the post office remains the beating heart of the economic and social community.

Last month we learned that An Post was doing a deal with the retail giant Tesco to provide post office services at their shops.

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