Fianna Fáil Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill has said that he believes there is a cost-effective way to maintain post office services in six of the eight villages at risk of losing their post office.
Deputy Cahill was commenting after engaging with retailers in six of the villages where the postmaster or postmistress has decided to take the An Post redundancy package.
"There is a strong appetite among the retailers to work to ensure that post office services are maintained.“The retailers see potential for their business to offer the An Post services and are willing to negotiate a very cost effective way for An Post to maintain the service in these villages," he said.
The Thurles-based TD said that at a recent Oireachtas Communications’ Committee meeting, An Post stated that they were open to discussing individual cases.
However, he said that he had tried to contact An Post on a number of occasions to discuss how this can be achieved, but had received no reply.
He had now raised this issue with the Government, and had written to the Group CEO of An Post David McRedmond seeking answers.
“To my mind, if An Post refuses to meet with these retailers, it is, therefore, obvious they are not interested in exploring the possibility of saving these services," he said.
Deputy Cahill said that there retailers can help An Post retain these very important services at very little cost but deliver an enormous benefit for Rural Ireland.
"I am calling at An Post to engage with me and the retailers in question before it’s too late," said Deputy Cahill.