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Written Answers - Post Office Network

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 363.  Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding post offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16380/12]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte The operation of An Post’s post office network is a matter for the board and management of the company and not one in which I have a statutory function. However, I do appreciate the importance of the rural post office infrastructure in particular. The Government’s core policy goal for the postal sector is to ensure that Irish customers, both business and residential, enjoy competitively priced, high quality postal services. The Government is committed to a strong and viable An Post and supports its maintenance of the maximum number of economically viable post offices. Decisions regarding the contract for the provision of social welfare payments are a matter for the Minister for Social Protection.


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