Friday 17 November 2017

TD claims that he was wrongly 'named and shamed' in row posters

Labour TD Arthur Spring said notices were put up on offices’ doors. Don MacMonagle
Labour TD Arthur Spring said notices were put up on offices’ doors. Don MacMonagle

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

A GOVERNMENT politician has claimed that he was wrongly "named and shamed" on posters as a proponent of post office closures.

Labour TD Arthur Spring told the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications that he was targeted by political opponents in the ongoing row over the future of the post office network.

He claimed that notices were placed in a number of post offices in Kerry which named him as being in favour of closures. He said the claims on the notices were untrue.

"Some people have engaged in a system whereby they're now putting up posters on the front door of the post offices, suggesting 'name and shame', to quote my own particular name for example, that I have voted to support further closure of rural post offices," he said.

An Post bosses told the deputy such behaviour was "entirely unacceptable".

Mr Spring's remarks come two weeks after a heated Dail debate where he warned Labour would pull out of government.

Meanwhile, there were heated scenes at the committee hearing yesterday after an Independent TD was forced to defend his father's record in government.

Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae, who is a postmaster, was questioning An Post officials about the future of the network.

He was interrupted by Fine Gael TD Paudie Coffey who claimed that Mr Healy-Rae's father, Jackie Healy-Rae, had supported the previous government which oversaw the closure of almost 200 post offices.

A furious row erupted during which the two men accused each other of lacking in Dail experience.

"You slipped in the mud there," Mr Healy-Rae added.

Irish Independent

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