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Why should a person in his or her 80s have to drive to Tralee to get a photograph taken for a driver's licence? That is crazy. Why should people have to do a round trip of 120 miles just to get a photograph taken? It is nonsensical. Services like the driver's licence service should be available in our post offices. Post offices are already equipped with the most up-to-date technology. They do not need any further updating. All they need is the opportunity to offer more services to customers. If more services could be decentralised to local post offices and if they could offer community banking, that would ensure their future survival. We should learn from the Kiwi banking model instead of taking the same route as that taken in England when more than 10,000 post offices closed. Surely we should learn from the mistakes of others and model ourselves on those countries which were successful in steering their post offices away from disaster.
Unfortunately, I cannot agree with what is being proposed in the Bill. That said, I appreciate where the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Denis Naughten is coming from. He was placed in a very difficult situation given the financial situation within the An Post group. I hope that at the end of this process we can work together to enact a Bill that will save the post offices. I do not want to see the last remaining facility in many rural communities going by the wayside. We have lost so much already with the closure of creameries, small pubs and shops. We are now in danger of losing post offices too.