Tuesday 27 June 2017

Rural post offices are community's lifeblood

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.

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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