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Canney, Seán

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Post Office Network

I welcome the opportunity to address the House on this issue. I apologise for the Minister, Deputy Bruton, who is not here to answer the Deputies.More Button

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He has a duplication of business and he asked me to take the question for him. I welcome the opportunity to do that. The Government is committed to supporting a post office network that meets the...More Button

Across the country, postmasters have taken the difficult decision in recent months to leave the business. It is important to bear in mind that this was a voluntary decision and I am sure that th...More Button

I understand the concerns of older people and communities and that this is an anxious time for many of them. I remind Deputies that more than 500 post offices closed during the economic boom bet...More Button

The postmasters of this country and the communities they serve deserve a clear future and a plan to be put in place for the development of and investment into the post office network and its serv...More Button

There is widespread acceptance that the post office network requires modernisation to build, maintain and protect a service that meets the needs of communities throughout the country. An Post's ...More Button

Investment of €50 million in the network by An Post is based on getting communities to use the enhanced services that their local post office will provide through a modernised network. Key to the ...More Button

The agreement was subsequently endorsed by 80% of the members of the IPU. An independent appeals process was put in place to enable communities to have reviewed a decision relating to their loca...More Button

Post Office Network (Continued)

The deadline for receipt of appeals under this process was 31 October. I have been advised that 50 cases were submitted for review by the closing date from 159.More Button

I cannot make a commitment on behalf of the Minister but I will bring to him the Deputies' request to meet an all-party delegation.More Button

I am from rural Ireland and I understand this process, which is also happening in my constituency. The post office network has not been supported and many offices have closed because they have not...More Button

We must discuss the facts. It is the Government's policy that An Post remains a strong company in a position to provide a high quality, national postal service and that it maintains a nationwide c...More Button

The Government remains fully committed to a sustainable post office network, which is a key piece of economic and social infrastructure for both rural and urban areas. The postmasters of this coun...More Button

The decision on whether to accept the voluntary redundancy package was one for individual postmasters and it is important that those decisions are respected. Where a post office closes, 70% of the...More Button

It is about supporting the decisions required to translate aspirations into effective action.More Button

Fishing Industry

I propose to take Questions Nos. 530 to 532, inclusive, together.More Button

The Eel Support Scheme fund is available to all persons who were the holder of a commercial public eel licence or an eel fishing permit from the ESB in the 2007 season (the base year). The 5 reck...More Button

The scheme is currently open for applications which must be received by 5.00 p.m. 30 November 2018. An application form and detailed information on the scheme can be obtained from any IFI Office ...More Button

If the Deputy has a particular instance or case in mind, I am happy to arrange that officials from my Department can brief him fully.More Button

I am aware of the case referred to by the Deputy, but my understanding is that it was a decision of the UK Supreme Court further to appeal by the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency and not a d...More Button

Fishing for eel in Ireland was by way of public licence.  I am advised that the individual in the UK Supreme Court proceedings not only held a fishing licence but also leasehold interest in the f...More Button