Post offices are too successful to be allowed survive, it seems. Liam Fay: LIAM FAY – PUBLISHED 01 MARCH 2014 02:30 AM

Let Us Pay. Community Wants Motor Tax. Social Welfare not Government Welfare. A Safe Place To Save. As the placard slogans indicated, Wednesday night’s demonstration against post office closures, which saw hundreds of people gather outside Leinster House, was a remarkable event.

The rally was powered by something very rare: a public desire to help rather than hinder government. Protesters were actively demanding the strengthening of a service to facilitate the efficient payment of taxes. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU), which organised the protest, was seeking neither subsidy nor bailout. In the most unusual feature of all, the demo was attended by users of a financial institution who do not claim to be victims of a swindle.

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Alex Templeton speaking at ECOBATE - UK - 2013

Councils should "bring local banks into being" so they can become "powerful partners" and promote economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities.

Published on Mar 21, 2013 Speaking at the 2nd European Conference on Banking and the Economy (ECOBATE) in Winchester, Alex Templeton, Director of the Farm Energy Project, explains how a disfunctional financial system has made it harder to lend to small businesses which in turn impacts communities.

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