Harty warns government over post office closures

Harty warns government over post office closures

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare’s Independent TD has claimed that the Fine Gael led minority government seems to have forgotten the commitments it agreed to deliver in the Programme for a Partnership Government on May 6th 2016. 

Dr Michael Harty has said: “One year later it has failed to support the Post Office Network and looks set to allow several hundred post offices to close. Rather than devolve government service activity and develop the potential of post offices to act as “hubs” for delivering services, the government is going to allow the post office network to wither and die.”

“Additionally. it has failed to advance a new model of community banking to be delivered through the post office network. By not allowing the post office network to deliver services which people want and by encouraging customers to move their business to commercial banks the government is undermining the only remaining financial office in many rural villages,” he said.

“Poor management and lack of vision shows little regard to the essential role that post offices play in the viability and sustainability of rural communities,” he added/

“A minority government should think long and hard before it undermines the fabric of rural villages and towns for a perceived small commercial saving but at a huge social cost. Closing rural post offices betrays the trust and solemn commitments entered into during the negotiations for a Partnership Government,” Dr Harty warned.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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