McFadden reiterates FG support for An Post
PRESS RELEASE -
Fine Gael Longford/Westmeath Senator Nicky McFadden speaking in the Seanad last week on Postal Services legislation expressed her concern regarding the upcoming Postal Services Bill.
This bill would permit the European Third Postal Directive into law, and would open the Irish postal market to free competition. At present the current postal funding model for a universal service guarantees a five day delivery service to every address in Ireland at the same standard price of 55 cent.
“Fine Gael strongly supports An Post as a State company that provides important economic and social services in all parts of the country and employs thousands of people. We do not want to do anything that undermines the company or allows other operators to cherry pick the profitable elements of the business or creates a situation whereby An Post needs a subsidy having never needed any State funds.
“Profitable routes in urban areas heretofore subsidised remote rural areas. We cannot lose the value these people bring to the rural areas. That 87% of post is delivered on time is phenomenal. We take this for granted. A price of 55 cent is extremely good value and is one of the lowest prices in Europe. The saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, springs to mind.
“The most important thing at a time of economic crisis is protecting and creating jobs. Athlone has one of the four main postal centres in Ireland. It provides a great professional service and has amazing staff. There are international examples of jobs being lost when postal services were reconfigured. We cannot allow this to happen in Athlone especially at a time like this. I am reiterating Fine Gael’s support for An Post and local post offices and calling on the Government to take control of the situation and protect jobs.”
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