Excluding National Post Office Users Association shows contempt for post office users – Mullen
Independent NUI Senator Rónán Mullen has strongly criticised the composition of the new An Post Business Development Group set up by Minister for Communications Alex White. The group has been created to explore the potential opportunities for attracting business for the post office network.
Senator Mullen expressed dismay that post office users were not included in the new group and said:
“I am disappointed to see that the National Post Office Users Association, launched last July in Ballinasloe, was not included in the An Post Business Development Group. It is a mistake to exclude the users of post services from any group charting the future of An Post. The National Post Office Users Association would provide An Post with the perspectives of people who actually experience the services of rural post offices. The decision to exclude the National Post Office Users Association shows contempt for post office users”
Paying tribute to the founders of the National Post Office Users Association, Senator Mullen commented:
“Michael John Kilgannon, Angela McGuinness and others who convened the National Post Office Users Association have done excellent work. The Association will be vital in highlighting the social importance of post offices to rural Ireland, and will advocate for the local needs of communities around Ireland who depend on rural post office services.“
He concluded by criticising the policies of the current Government:
“Rural Ireland has come under sustained attack from this Government. Decisions made in Dublin, whether about the provision of maternity services, mental health services or post offices, seem to be left in the hands of bureaucrats, who may have an eye on the economic bottom line but who do not seem to understand the need, in particular, in rural areas, to have a decent level of local services provided.”