The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: appreciates immensely valuable role post office network plays at village and community level. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte repeated that the Government had no plans to close post offices.He said he appreciated the immensely valuable(...)

A spokeswoman for An Post denied there was any connection between decisions over the future of post offices and the forthcoming elections. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A north Galway community fighting to save its post office has said it believes An Post has been instructed to defer any further closures until afte(...)

Rural post office in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow. “Now is the time to act so that the post office is not lost like so much of the community infrastructure that has already disappeared.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The local post office was “the last light on in the main street” in many communities now and maintaining the local post office network was essential t(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: “The post office network stands well positioned to become the front-office provider of choice for Government and the financial services sector for both electronic transactions as well as the more traditional over-the-counter transactions.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The post office network must continue to modernise to provide services customers require, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to(...)

Saving post offices

Change is one of the few certainties in life. As society has become more urbanised, mechanised and computerised the post office network has str(...)

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doing nothing, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. 
 Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government’s latest response to concerns about the sustainability of the State’s post office network was little more than a recipe for doi(...)

At an event on rural crime which I chaired in Wexford this week, a local retired Garda superintendent gave an interesting talk on how rural pol(...)

Irish Postmasters’ Union general secretary Brian McGabb (right) speaking to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabitte, with IPU president  Sean Maher, at the union’s conference in Killarney yesterday. Photograph: Maxwells

Some 400 post offices could be put out of business if the Government moves social welfare payments to a purely electronic system, it has been w(...)