Thomas Pringle TD

Pringle speaks to Post Office protesters at Leinster House

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Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle spoke to a crowd of protesters in Dublin outside Leinster House today in support of the call for the preservation of the post office network across rural Ireland.
Protesters marched from Trinity College to Leinster House calling on the Government to reverse the decision to close down over 150 post offices across the country and to enact a Dáil motion which was passed in 2016.
Speaking to protesters Deputy Pringle said “under Fine Gael’s so-called saving plan for the post office network we are not seeing any saving, only closures right across the country.
“In my own home county of Donegal 17 post offices are due to close and many more will close so long as we have Fine Gael in power with the support of Fianna Fail. We need to remember that over 600 post offices were closed under Fianna Fail’s 10 year administration so the two parties are one and the same.
“Today we are demanding that our services remain open right across the country and that no more closures will be tolerated. We need to stand together and fight to get this message across to the two political parties in Government.
“Their vision for the post office network is wrong and needs complete overhaul to ensure that they are kept as vital services to communities, not as supports for the existing pillar banks.
“Many initiatives exist which could prop up the post office network and which were largely ignored by Fine Gael a public banking model and the successful Kiwi-Bank model in New Zealand. The fact that Fine Gael ignored this as an opportunity says a lot about where their priorities are and this is where we need to fight to stop this policy of closures” concludes Pringle.

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