Snippet data - viewing only, no editing possible


Label

Field name

Field value


Sitting_Date

01/18/2017 12:00:00 AM


Sitting_Forum


Snippet Ref No

SnippetRefNo

OOO00200

Selected Quill

SnippetType

1

Saved Quill

SnippetType_C4D


Selected Quill

SnippetType_1

1

Speaker Name

IndxSpeakerName

Durkan, Bernard J.

Business Category

IndxMainHeadCat

Bills

Sub Category

IndxSubTopic

Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016

Topic

IndxQHeadTopic

Second Stage

See Also

SeeAlso


Part1

TitlePart1


Part2

TitlePart2


Part3

TitlePart3


Volume

VolumeNo

935

Book No

BookNo

1

Pdf Ref

PdfPageRef

261

Default Business Index

IndexViewCategoryDefault


3 Part Title Business Index

IndexViewCategoryTitle


Default Topic Index

IndexViewCategoryDefaultSpeaker

Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016\Second Stage
Bills\Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016\Second Stage

3 Part Topic Index

IndexViewCategoryTitleSpeaker


Motion Code

MotionCode


Motion Title

MotionTitle


Stage

MotionStage


Amendment No

MotionAmendmentNo


Bill Code

BillCode

B2

Bill Title

BillTitle

Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016

Stage

BillStage

Second Stage

Section

BillSection


Statement Code

StatementCode


Statement Title

StatementTitle


Stage

StatementStage


Hour Indicator

HourIndicator

Not applicable

Procedural Instruction

Procedural_Instruction

No

Debate Adjourned

DebateAdjourned

No

Question Askee

QAskee


Question Asker

QAsker


Question Department

QDept


Question ID

QID


Question Reference

QRef


Question Speaker PID

QSpeakerPID


Question Speaker PID To

QSpeakerPIDTo


Questions Asked

QUESTIONSASKED


Speaker Type

SpeakerType

1

Speaker Name

Senator


Deputy


Minister


Witness


Chairman


ViceChairman


ActingChairmanD


ActingChairmanS


Speaker4Display

Speaker4Display

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan

Speaker

Speaker

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan

SpeakerPID

SpeakerPID

BernardJDurkan

SpeakerText

SpeakerText

Bernard J. Durkan

OriginalUnidSnippet

OriginalUnidSnippet

0C89537796A634F6802580AC0079D75A

LastModifiedSnippet

LastModifiedSnippet

02/05/2020 05:35:45 PM

TopicIndex1stCategoryValues

TopicIndex1stCategoryValues

Snippet Contents:

I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak about this especially important item. We have been speaking for many years about postal services and alternative services that might readily be provided through the post office network, but there has not been a whole lot of progress. It is something in respect of which there was an obvious need for change. There was a need for change to move with the times and to face the threat coming from modern technology. I agree entirely with Deputy Eamon Ryan's analysis because An Post has a network throughout the country, which is a huge advantage. It has daily access to every locality in the country through the delivery service. It has counter services in place throughout the country. It is a considerable network. Somebody mentioned the number of couriers that are taking over and that is a question in itself. An Post has the network and could fill that void. An Post allowed that service to develop and could intervene. I know that it has similar services to a certain extent, but the fact is it is there to be delivered on.
We need to look for the compatible services that can be added to An Post through the utilisation of its counter services and national network. That can be done. Reference has been made to banking. I was never 100% certain that banking in the traditional sense was suitable to bolt onto An Post but certainly post office savings accounts and similar are. Rural transport has been referred to. I have spoken about this in the past. It could be linked into An Post. Again, there is a transport system An Post has to use to deliver correspondence, letters and mail throughout the country every day, so there are certainly opportunities there that could and should be utilised for the future. Considerable savings can be made if compatible services are identified for administration through the post office service throughout the country. Rural transport is one that comes to mind. We already have rural transport systems to a certain extent in certain parts of the country, but we often hear about the rural restaurant or pub which is dying for want of patronage. Of course, there is a simple way to deal with that. Provide rural transport and bolt it on if necessary to some of the services that are required.
Speakers have referred to mobile phone services and the fact that bills are now issued electronically. I am not so sure that this is necessary. It is a considerable irritant to many who cannot see a bill in their hands, in particular older people, and who get annoyed when they get a text to say their bill is due and should be paid. Incidentally, these are lucrative services that are being provided by mobile phone companies. Postmasters have first-hand experience of what might be suitable. We have mentioned some of the things about which they have spoken. The list is endless. One can go on and on and identify suitable services to attach to utilise counter services, the network services and the centralised system of An Post to great advantage both for An Post and communities, in particular rural ones.
I do not accept the notion that there is a plan by Government to close all the post offices and that this has been in offing for some considerable time. I drove past the post office on Thomas Street for a long time and there is a closed sign on it for many years now. I do not know who closed it but maybe they opened another one somewhere. The fact is that this has been going on for years. There is a problem where the postmaster or postmistress retires in a particular area and the position is not seen as attractive by anybody else. That has to be addressed. The means have to be found to ensure that a younger person or anybody else who takes over wishing to provide postal services in his or her area as postmaster or postmistress finds taking on the job sufficiently attractive. That is particularly so where there are rural enterprises that require regular postal services.
One of the things we seem to forget from time to time is a matter I have raised with my local authority recently. If we adopt a policy, as there is a tendency nowadays to do, of discouraging the building of any indigenously required houses in rural Ireland, we will eventually cease all development in rural areas and there will be no need for any services. I have spoken about this many times, as have others. It is fundamental to what we are talking about. If the population goes down, a number of things happen automatically. The number of rural schools comes under threat straightaway. That is the obvious thing that happens. Rural services generally, like dispensary services, all come under threat as a result. Decisions by planning authorities in each local authority area should have due regard to the need to try to accommodate, in keeping with good planning principles, the indigenous rural population which is encouraged nowadays to move to urban settlements. I am not sure why because no one has ever told me, notwithstanding the fact that I have been around this place for a long time. It is for economic purposes, of course, because the provision of services in dispersed rural areas is not economical. I can understand it might cost a little more, but it is not always possible to have the best of everything, the cheapest of everything and the most cost-effective of everything while also having a stable society.
One of the things we should always remember is that there has always been a rural community throughout this country. Professor Caulfield in Galway has spent some considerable time saying as much and calling for the recognition of that principle in recent years. As such, I note that this is also an issue and that it affects us in all parts of the country. Urban blight is another contributory factor if one looks at the number of premises throughout the country in towns and villages and even in this city which have been unoccupied and disused for years.