Important Irish language serives are at risk in Gaeltacht areas due to cut backs being made by An Post, which could result in the closure of Gaeltacht post offices.
It is clear to Conradh na Gaeilge that An Post had not considered the sociolingusitc impact this process could have. Conradh na Gaeilge are appealing to An Post, and the Minister for Communications to ensure that services through Irish will be provided to Gaeltacht communities, and to ensure that post offices in Gaeltacht areas will not be closed, especially considering the language planning processes that are being carried out at the moment.
Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge: “Our biggest concern is that there will not be satisfactory services through Irish available to Gaeltacht communities as a result of this decision, and that infrastructure in Gaeltacht areas will be weakened. An Post have said that no person will be further than 15km from their closest post office, but they have not confirmed that those in Gaeltacht areas will be within the same distance of service through Irish in their local office.
Conradh na Gaeilge hope to make an appeal, and we want to hear from Gaeltacht communities who are taking actioto protect their post offices. As well as that, we have requested a meeting with the Chief Executive at An Post, and we hope to take part in the discusion that will be held on this issues in the Dáil offices.”
We will be working alongside and supporting Gaeltacht groups to ensure that they will be provided with postal services in Irish.
Julian de Spáinn
Ard-Rúnaí Chonradh na Gaeilge
Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha
Bainisteoir Abhchóideachta Chonradh na Gaeilge