« BackDeputy Michael Healy-Rae welcomes commitment from Minister Varadkar to encourage use of post office network

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae has welcomed a commitment by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar not to urge Social Welfare recipients receive payments through their banks.


MIchael Healy Rae


The Independent Kerry TD, who is postmaster in Kilgarvan, raised the issue at Priority Questions in the Dáil yesterday.


Minister Varadkar says Department officials will now be instructed not to write to Social Welfare recipients asking for their bank details.


The minister also says he has no difficulty in principle to the post office network being outlined as the first option for payment.


Deputy Healy-Rae says the commitment comes from his insistence that support for the post office network be included in the Programme for Government.


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