Kerry postmaster says social welfare payments crucial for survival of rural post offices

A Kerry postmaster has said rural post offices will not survive unless social welfare payments through the network are secured. An Post Kenmare postmaster John O’Sullivan was reacting to the publication of the Kerr Report, commissioned by An Post and supported by the Government, which recommends rural post offices ‘modernise, collocate or vacate’ in order to survive. The report also recommends a payment of up to €20,000 for three years to support isolated post offices and help them adapt. But Mr O’Sullivan says the report fails to address the issue of social welfare payments and the recommended financial support is nothing short of euthanasia. [audio_player src=””]