Deputy Carey, who claims to have played a a key role with locals in saving the post office at Cratloe, says the agreement is good news for the future of the critical network of post offices.
Deputy Carey also welcomed the news that An Post has renewed the contract with the Department of Social Protection for cash social welfare payments at Post Offices.
Deputy Carey said: “The current Social Welfare contract was signed in December 2013 for an initial two years with an option for extension for a further four years in a yearly basis – total of six years.
The value of the contract in 2015 was approx. €54 million with over 38 million social welfare payments being made at Post Offices across the post office network. I am delighted that the contract has been renewed and will provide a measure of certainty for the post office network.