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If that is included in the strategic review, we will have to see the roll out of it; therefore, that is a further delay. What we see here and what we have seen constantly is ongoing delay in actually dealing with the issues. The Kerr report could have been implemented last year and we could start to see the effects of the roll out of that at this stage. It could be helping to boost An Post, make the network more sustainable and assist the company in remaining sustainable, but we have lost that with the delay and the strategic review will be further delayed. We will be in a constant spiral, which will be almost like a death spiral for An Post, where there will be pressure to increase prices to fund it in the future. That increase in prices will reduce revenue. We are not getting any delivery of the recommendations that could help sustain the network and company and it will come to a point where the whole thing could collapse and come down like a house of cards. That is wrong. We should be taking a decision to recognise the social responsibility An Post has and the social role it plays and ensure that the price of stamps can be kept as low as is feasible to ensure that people can have a service they can continue to afford to use and the people who use that service are not subsidising the banks and utilities that are moving away from that service and are not paying an additional cost through that. The company has serious problems and we need to get a grip on them and accept the Government's and people's role in ensuring this service stays open because it is worth more than just the price of a stamp and the increase in stamp prices.