Noel Whelan: Post offices help take edge off digital divide
Postmasters have shown an unrivalled capacity to adapt and compete
The rural post office is a one-stop shop for confidential guidance about public services, postal needs or help with various financial transactions. Photograph: Getty Images
This week finally saw positive efforts to address the existential risk to the post office network and the postal delivery system as we know it. Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announced that the Government would provide An Post with a €30 million loan as part of a restructuring plan which would include a commitment to continuing a five-day delivery service and to supporting the post office network.
I have declared here before a particular interest in this policy area. I grew up in a post office in a small rural village in south Co Wexford. My mother ran the post office there for more than 50 years. One of my sisters runs it now.