Tuesday March 31, 2020

Rural post offices need to corner a new niche

Ladling on the nostalgia and victimhood won’t stop the closures. We need to use the postal network to provide different services

2nd September, 2018
The closure of 159 post offices does not signify that rural Ireland is dying, but that people’s needs are changing Pic: RollingNews.ie

In its first edition following the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, in a striking front page, the Western People highlighted the result from the small village of Brickens in south Mayo. In 1983, 93 per cent had voted to insert the amendment and in 2018 42 per cent voted to retain it.

No less interesting was the slight increase in population in this archetypal rural community. The work done by Maynooth University on electoral divisions following the 2016...

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