Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
An Post has undertaken a restructuring programme, under which there was an agreement with postmasters, as a result of which a number of post offices will close. It set out a protocol under which it seeks to maintain an adequate level of service and, as the Deputy observed, there is an independent review when post office closures occur. That is entirely independent of my responsibility because An Post is a commercial body. It has suffered a very sharp decline in the amount of business going through the post office network, which has been part of the problem. It is seeking to diversify and expand that. I will bring this case to the attention of those involved but it is an independent process. It works on the basis of seeking to be fair to everyone in how it is administered.