Current Situation on Post Office Closures:
- 390 Post Offices were offered Exit package and not offered a new contract – of those 159 Postmasters are retiring; the remaining 231 not offered a new contract will inevitably close due to decreasing income going forward.
- A further 690 were offered a new 7-year contract, with no long-term security – An Post’s Government Social Welfare Contract that ends 31st Dec 2019 – there is no guarantee An Post will win the new contract.
The Future of the Network is Far from Secure:
Save our Post Office Network –
Protest March to Dáil Éireann – Next Tuesday, Sept 18th
Enact the 2016 Dail Motion:
The Solution –
Introduce the phenomenally successful Kiwi Model of Community Banking to the Post Office Network.
Est. in New Zealand in 2002, now has 20% of the Banking Market & 25% of all Banking Customers.
Let’s make it happen in Ireland!
The letter below has been sent to all TDs, Senators and Councillors;
We write to inform you of next Tuesday’s protest march to Dáil Éireann in support of the Post Office network and to further ask for your support (see attached poster for details). Your continued backing and anticipated attendance next Tuesday is surely one of the most important public interest actions to ever come before you. The current proposals to decimate the Post Office network are ill thought out, crude and run entirely contrary to the public interest.
We have highlighted in many forum’s the current level of mis-information being disseminated regarding the Post Office network and the futility of the “solutions” being proffered by the Minister and An Post. PBFI and Independent Postmasters Group made presentations to the Oireachtas Communications Committee on the current Post Office crisis on September 4th last, in which a clear and unequivocal strategy for taking the Post Office network forward was set out, i.e. the remodelling of the network along the lines of New Zealand’s Kiwi Bank (see link below, public session starts at 34mins 20secs).
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/32/communications-climate-action-and-environment/ (Scroll down to ‘Recent Videos’ – ‘Tue, 4 Sep 2018’)
The planned decimation of the Post Office network will further erode the social fabric of rural Ireland and will set indigenous Ireland back a generation or more. The Post Office has always been the epi-centre of both rural and urban communities. The plan put forward by Minister Naughten and An Post is seriously flawed, however, there is an exciting way forward for the Post Office Network; it can be harnessed in a manner that drives Ireland’s indigenous economy, both urban and rural and re-energises both rural and urban communities.
Let’s make it happen – Stop Post Office Closures and Enact the 2016 Dáil Motion – Introduce the phenomenally successful Kiwi (Post Bank) model to the Irish Post Office Network.
We look forward to seeing you in Dublin on the 18th. Together we can make history.
Seamus F. Maye Co-Chair Public Banking Forum of Ireland – PBFI
Tom O’Callaghan Chair Independent Post Masters Group – IPG
Gerry Loftus Chair Save Rural Ireland
Contact e-Mail: – firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you in Dublin on the 18th.
Think about it – Community Banking in every Post Office in Ireland.
We can escape the rip-off Commercial Banks!