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Part of the universal social charge obligation is the provision of a minimum service. It would be interesting if some community took a case in this regard because I presume part of the service is a post office. If the post office is not in existence, is An Post in breach of its universal service obligation? I remember Mr. Pat Cox saying way back how great the universal service obligation was in regard to telecommunications services because some rural area in Ireland took Telecom Eireann to task in Europe because the company had got rid of the telephone boxes, long before the mobile phones took over. The company was forced into not getting rid of them because their provision was part of the universal service obligation.
There is obviously a service obligation on An Post to deliver a minimum service. It is not just about the delivery of letters to one's door every single day. Years ago, there were two deliveries in this city every day, in addition to a delivery on a Saturday and a Sunday. People need to think about this. If An Post is going down the route of minimising and reducing the level of service, perhaps people could determine whether its doing so is contrary to the universal service obligation that the Government has signed it up to and enforced upon it. This obligation was a good idea, but at this stage An Post needs to live up to its commitment to the people.