Wednesday 28 June 2017

The post office is not just a place that sells stamps

Martin Canning, postmaster at Ballyvary Post Office in Co Mayo, with Mrs Katie Stenson and Mrs Sarah Deacy. Post offices have a large role in rural communities.
Martin Canning, postmaster at Ballyvary Post Office in Co Mayo, with Mrs Katie Stenson and Mrs Sarah Deacy. Post offices have a large role in rural communities.
Editorial

Editorial

POSTMASTERS across the country are engaged in a struggle to save the network of offices that are vital to the survival of many rural communities nationwide. The post office – along with schools, shops, pubs and churches – is at the heart of any living community. They provide vital financial and social services to people on modest incomes. But they are being buffeted by attacks from a number of directions and the very survival of the network is being called into question.

There is no doubt that post offices haemorrhaging money cannot be sustained. All organisations have to live in the real world and pay their way. However, its unique social role within a community must also be taken on board when assessing the future.

The post office is not just a place to buy stamps; it is the place many rely upon to collect their weekly welfare payments and maintain contact with the world around them. It is a social hub with a very important economic role.

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