A Sinn Féin TD says rural Kerry needs the post office network to survive.
Deputy Martin Ferris was speaking as his party put a motion before the Dáil, seeking to save the postal network from announced closures.
He says the isolation rural communities face on a daily basis cannot be underestimated nor understood by those from a city or town.
Deputy Ferris says closing post offices in rural communities like Ballinskelligs and Ballylongford will be the final nail in the coffin for many villages.
The Sinn Féin TD adds rural communities all across the country need investment and services to revitalise their local economies.