Friday 9 December 2016

Rural post offices are community's lifeblood

Published 28/02/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte. Photo: Frank McGrath
Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte. Photo: Frank McGrath

As a disabled person I'm living in a rural community whose post office is among those potentially targeted for closure by Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

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And like many of my fellow citizens throughout the country, our local post office is of the greatest importance for me personally on many fronts. And I would safely say that rural post offices are the lifeblood for small villages and the businesses therein.

But owing to the chasm between the powerful decision-makers and the common people and an inability to see the impact of decisions on us all, some seat-polisher hidden away at great expense to Joe public is advising the closure of these post offices without knowing how much their presence is valued and needed within small communities.

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