An Post, which is supposed to be and holds the mandate as the National Post Office for Ireland, seems to think it is a Private or Listed Corporation where ONLY profit matters and any action is justified which makes more profit. Certainly it is not following the plans of its bosses, the Irish Government, who wants to grow rural Ireland by flooding it with 3rd world migrants. Shortly after announcing the closure of many more rural Post Offices after 161 postmasters were allegedly offered voluntary redundancy, An Post has the gall to announce that around €10 Million will be invested in completely overhauling An Post’s digital presence, all of which can be deleted at the push of a button or zapped in a potential extreme solar flare or a power failure rendering it useless.
They also acquired the domain name anpost. com from a US company for €10,000, despite already having and using anpost .ie. Globalist much? They plan to bring together their 72 websites under one single site. Dublin-based web-development company Strata 3 is working on the project sucking up all the capital. So what we have here, is that instead of spending money on local post offices and local people and local resources for local jobs, they spend it all in one go, in a central place with one company, who have no connection or loyalty to An Post beyond them being a lucrative “Blue Chip” client?
This move totally contradicts the Irish Governments controversial Ireland2040 plan which is alleged to be about growing rural towns and increasing Ireland’s population by 1 Million, despite having brought in abortion on demand. It is well known however that the Ireland 2040 Plan is a Trojan Horse for mass immigration of non Irish which are already forcibly being inserted into the very deepest of rural communities. So do migrants and muslim not use Post Offices? Guess they will all just be given bank accounts for there ill gotten welfare payouts…
Whilst I find it offensive, many jokes abound of “stupid Irishmen” and bad planning, and they are even acceptable. The fact is that it is ok to insult the Irish, or decimate their country, but don’t dare presume to talk about non-whites… hmmm one wonders what would happen if there were a few non white postmasters…
Take for example the Globalist government’s project to build massive lovely business parks for their multinational masters like Google, Microsoft, Apple etc., offer them extremely low tax rates but then forget to build accommodation to go with all the new offices. Or did the people in charge stupidly think that only Irish people would be employed? They must have been that stupid because they did not impose any quotas on the greedy multinational corporations with regard to how many Irish must be employed and insist on skills transfer programs etc. Instead the Multinationals, who have no loyalty to no country are importing foreigners to Ireland not caring where they live and certainly not ever bothering to return them to their country of origin, but merely dumping them in Ireland once their visa runs out or the contract or project is over or they leave.. Believe me, I personally experienced this and in the end decided to leave Google rather than slave away on the hamster wheel, paying two thirds of my salary on rent in globalist infested Dublin. If you are 3rd world migrant however, accommodation seems to be no problem and is on the cheap…
An Post, which last week reported that dozens of post offices will close after 161 postmasters were granted voluntary redundancy, bought the domain from a US company for less than €10,000.
“It is not yet clear where its financial services site will sit, given the heavy regulatory and security requirements for such sites“. Sound like an excuse for a delayed bombshell they will drop when they can bury it in the newsflow. Offshore perhaps?
The new website will be launched in the first half of 2019 and is the latest in a number of steps to “modernise” the business. In other words cut costs and make more profit. For instance last year, CEO David McRedmond, the former boss of TV3, secured an increase in the price of a standard stamp from 72 cent to €1. You have to wonder how a boss of a media company can so quickly switch saddles to a national Post Office? Unless of course these are all just vehicles for profit and there is no loyalty or dedication tot he business core.
An Post has deserted its traditional role in society and will be seeking to improve on and expand its digital services. Last week it announced that dog licences will be available to buy online for the first time. What next? Will it sell horse racing betting slips and become an online retailer for domestic appliances and knock off fashion items from China? They are already in the insurance game…
Speaking of China, they at least had the sense to demand that the likes of Google and other Multinational corporations invest in skills transfer in their country, so now China is booming and has well qualified staff to do it all themselves. Meanwhile the globalist traitors in charge in Ireland are led by the noses and forced to sell out their Kith, Kin and Country for Coin with no regard for the irish people or Ireland.
An Post reported an operating profit of €8.4m for last year, compared with a €12.4m loss in 2016. It followed a 1.2pc rise in revenues to €840m while costs also fell. So why fix something if it is working? What ever happened tot he idea that redundancy were only allowed if a business was losing money or in trouble?
So, let’s have a look at some specific examples to see how deeply this treason affects rural Irish people.
The New Ross Standard, the last remaining local newspaper in New Ross, owned by the deceitfully named “Independent” newspaper group had a chat with some of the postmistresses in Wexford where An Post has “facilitated”, or rather manipulated the retirement of postmistresses in Duncannon, Carrig-on-Bannow, Glenmore and Foulksmills in County Wexford.
Postmistress Caroline Foxe, broke down in tears as she outlined the torment she is going through over the decision whether or not to take the proffered bribe and retire from a job she so loves. She said: ‘Most post ofﬁces closing over the next six months will be forced to do so by stealth. County Wexford doesn’t know what will hit it.’
Three of the post ofﬁces are likely to close by the end of the year, with Foulksmills post ofﬁce also likely to shut. Residents will have to travel elsewhere for postal and bill paying services. The knock on effect of neighboring corner shops and other business is not even being considered. They, at the EU’s behest, will soon be forcing Smartmetres for everyone’s electricity usage, which you can top-up at your local erm… distant Post Office… (You cannot go online to AnPost DOTCOM if you have no electricity and you cannot wait until when you next go to to the closest City as you have food going off in your freezer!) She is quite right when she says Wexford, and the rest of Rural Ireland, has no clue what is about to hit it…
THREE post ofﬁces in the New Ross area alone are closing their doors for the ﬁnal time later this year, with a fourth also very likely to close by the start of next year. this is an area which despite being declared officially as an economically stressed zone with high unemployment, has had hundreds of refugees and migrants forced into it, all with full EU rights and work permits, meaning they can undercut local wages and also draw Welfare for their large families. The Kilkenny and Wexford Councils are even setting up a no-go zone on their border where they purchased four properties on the same estate, next door to each other, at what appears to be well over market price. However facts are hard to extract due to their extreme secrecy and aggressive racebating, or rather islamo-baiting, where they accuse you of islamophobia (is that even a crime?) then set the police on you if you dare to question their actions. This actually happened to 14 people who signed a petition asking for transparency and explanations from Kilkenny Council. Each of the 14 people were interrogated by the Police!
A phobia is an unreasonable fear of something, I don’t think this is an unreasonable fear given what has happened in Lisdoonvarna and so many other communities throughout Ireland and the West, yet only in white countries.
Duncannon, Carrig on Bannow and Glenmore post ofﬁces will closed soon and possibly Foulksmills post ofﬁce will also close its doors, leaving four ancient rural communities without a vital service for its residents. Having used Glenmore Post Office and the neighbouring corner shop myself regularly in the past, there was never a time when I was there by myself. Not that profit should be the primary consideration for a “national” service. But, if you are going to sell Kith, Kin and Country for Coin…
The agreement reached between An Post and the Postmasters Union has angered many local postmasters. An Post Head of Retail Debbie Byrne said that in the future An Post may consider ‘consolidation’ of post ofﬁces in urban areas — two into one. She expected most of the 161 rural post offices would close and that the postmasters are being offered “bribes” between around €6,000 to €80,000 each depending on length of service. Guess that is not far removed from a Hotel Owner being paid 3 times the market value of his Hotel to accommodate “refugees and migrants”. All about Coin.
Following the announcement that 161 rural post offices are being closed, Councilor Michael Whelan called an emergency meeting of Wexford County Council calling on An Post to adopt a different, more pro-rural Ireland policy. He said: ‘I feel the Government’s inaction on saving
rural post ofﬁces is another nail in the cofﬁn of rural Ireland. Between garda stations closing, the lack of broadband and plans for solar farms, this marks the demise of rural Ireland. An Post has offered our postmasters a sweetener to let them go and then they have an excuse for closing down villages.’
He said businesses in villages like Duncannon and Carrig on Bannow will suffer, leading to a knock-on effect on schools.
Councilor Lisa McDonald said: ‘This is a direct assault on rural communities. Let me be absolutely crystal clear, postmasters and postmistresses are entitled to take voluntary redundancy. They have given years of dedicated service to their local communities and should be able to retire with a fair ﬁnancial package. However, this cannot be used as a backdoor way to post office closures. AnPost and the Government have been actively seeking to reduce the number of post offices in rural Ireland for years, and have sought to use the redundancy as a smokescreen to bring about closures”
She too reiterated that Post Offices cannot be viewed in the same way as other commercial enterprises.
Post Mistress Caroline Foxe who has seen it coming and ran for the General Election specifically on the issue of rural post ofﬁce closures says there will be at least ten villages in Wexford without their local post ofﬁce. That will decimate our villages. It really is the death-knell for many communities. The Government have quietly sat back and deliberately allowed this to happen. There is no stability for the postmasters who have been offered new contracts. Their future is also uncertain. Post offices, especially rural ones, are almost entirely dependent on Social Welfare payments.’
An Post will assess the redundancy “applications” (why not use the word “acceptances”, why pretend it is something they are being asked to do?), and determine where forced retirements can be facilitated and their transactions consolidated (centralised) to other local ofﬁces.
Caroline said: ‘When I took over the shop and post ofﬁce a decade ago they were doing well and there was a good living to be made because I got paid for working with the postmen and women. Now I am working here ﬁve days a week and earning the equivalent of a Social Welfare payment after you deduct rent, electricity, security and public liability insurance costs.’
She continues, “I left the Postmasters’ Union in October 2016 because they put six candidates up for the 2016 General Election and withdrew them six weeks before Election Day. I was the one who ran and I received no ﬁnancial aid or support in any way from the union.”
A former secretary of the Wexford branch of the union, she said the loss of 3 Postmen in her area in 2015 was a devastating blow.
“People used to be able to come here and pick up their Welfare payments, their exam results, birthday cards etc. at 8 a.m. before the
postman left. You would be open for them and we always facilitated people at all costs.”
Describing the new contract being pushed on them as very difﬁcult, Caroline said that despite them marching on the Dail and the recommendations from major reports, rural postmasters have not been supported and have been compelled to retire early.
She said the introduction of a post office banking network would have saved rural post ofﬁces, but the new retail focus An Post has would require postmasters to sell insurance and become more salesmen than postmasters. Nothing new here for globalists then.
Incredulously, she said half of the country’s postmasters weren’t able to vote on the deal because they are not union members. “The union describe this as a historic deal. To me it’s like Michael Collins coming back saying we are going to lose six counties. I am so angry. I have lost tears and sleep and I am not alone. Other postmasters I know have stomach cramps and diarrhea and every symptom of stress you can imagine.”
Caroline closed ‘The Shop’ located beside her post ofﬁce in July and said although she gets good support from her customers she doesn’t get enough to sustain a business. She said: ‘People do not realise a lot of the facilities we have,’ showing me around 20 different plastic containers labelled with everything from Accounts, to Addresspal, to Gift Vouchers.
“People pay their court ﬁnes here, get their Passport Express, send money through Western Union.” She said there is no future strategy for post ofﬁces in rural areas. ‘Ten rural post ofﬁces in County Wexford will be gone within the coming months including possibly my own.
“This will have a ripple effect on local businesses as the post office is the main hub in our villages.”
When Foulksmills Post Ofﬁce closes, residents will have to travel as far as either Newbawn, Wellingtonbridge or Taghmon.
“The criteria set out by An Post is that people have to be living within 15km of a post ofﬁce.”
Are they forcing people to buy cars? “As you drive into the village there is a sign saying Foulksmills is Open for Business“, (erected when the gas pipes were laid in 2016), but Caroline fears businesses will be badly affected.
She said postmasters provide information to visitors to villages and know their customers, asking a lady ‘how’s things?’ with a ready smile as she picks up a registered letter. “I just go home these days and I am in a trance. The pensioners are the ones who will feel this the most. They are telling “me they are lighting candles and putting extra money in the charity boxes, praying to save their post ofﬁce. We are sitting on this for three months and it’s absolutely soul destroying.
I don’t want this to be my legacy but it’s going to be,’ Caroline says, breaking down in tears.
‘People have asked me if they can organise a petition but who can they send it to? Me? as I’m considering taking voluntary retirement. The whole situation is totally unwarranted and wholly undemocratic and it’s going to mean decimation for the Foulksmills area.’
Duncannon’s postmistress, Theresa Foley, says running a post ofﬁce in the area is no longer viable due to the lack of footfall.
Theresa has been running the post ofﬁce opposite the entrance to the beach for 32 years, having taken over from her in-laws, John and Maimie Foley.
‘It’s hugely difﬁcult. The business has been in the family since 1950. The business is decimated because the community supporting it.”
This however is a bit of a false premise as a national service like a Post Office should not have to depend entirely on “business”. Would you close the schools because they are not profitable? The hospitals because they are not profitable? Why not close the town council offices and police stations? Oh wait… that is exactly what they are doing to exert centralised (marxist) control.
Technology has played a huge role in affecting business with pensioners being paid directly into their bank accounts and they have become more computer literate. Guess we have to be grateful that now pensioners won’t get mugged for their pensions outside the Post Office, they will instead be scammed by Nigerian scammers online who steal their entire life saving… The government knows the internet is not yet fit for purpose yet they force everyone, including vulnerable children and defenseless elderly, onto it knowing there will be many victims.
Have you ever tried to report a cyber scam, fraud or crime to your local police station, if you still have one? But as long as it plays into the narrative of redistributing the wealth from the West to the 3rd world, no one dare complain… She also says that as old people die away, they are not replaced by new people. The young are being corralled into the cities.. yet more centrist control of consumer slaves…
It was only last year that for the first time ever, the urban population of the world overtook the rural population, this changeover happened in Ireland even before that.
“We have a very small population, whereas Ramsgrange has a huge hinterland, we are backed into the sea. Since the shop closed down I have noticed it more.”
Theresa said she considered retiring over a number of months. ‘It is a very difficult decision as An Post refuses to let anyone else take over the business ~ so people will have to travel to Ramsgrange. People are upset since news ﬁltered out that it’s closing but they if you don’t support the post ofﬁce it will go. It’s the end of an era.
Carrig-on-Bannow postmistress Nicola Howlin has decided to opt for the basic package proffered by An Post. Nicola, like postmasters
across the county, has seen her wages fall drastically over the past few years. “It’s technology that has hit us. People are paying their utility bills‘ online as companies are encouraging them by giving them discounts. We are dying out because of technology. It suits me to take
the retirement package because I am approaching retirement age and I can probably manage on what I’ll get up until I’m eligible for a pension, but it’s difﬁcult on those younger than me.”
Nicola has worked as postmistress in Carrig on Bannow since the mid-80s. Like all postmasters who take up the offer she has between
October and the end of January to close her doors. “I will be 34 years here, next May. It’s very sad to go and it’s terrible for the community, but to stay here with the new contract they’re insisting on isn’t viable. My post office will close down at the end of November.”
“I am away for Christmas visiting my daughter so will close the post ofﬁce at the end of November. It has been a nightmare thinking about it. I still get upset over it and even thinking about it; it’s just the way it is.
I don’t mind for myself, I just think it’s terrible for the elderly in the community,” she said, her voice heavy with sadness.
She said the shop beside her will be impacted once the post ofﬁce closes, as will the entire village. “It will decimate the village; if the shop goes it will be even worse. People don’t use their post office but they will cry about it not being able to use it when it closes.”
The lack of young customers and the ever decreasing number of elderly customers has been detrimental to the businesses’ sustainability, Nicola said. “During the recession we were busy because of all the Social Welfare payments. Now the Department are getting people off the dole and putting them in schemes, but it is technology that has ultimately killed us.
People no longer write cards or letters and very few send packages anymore. A lot of postmasters are staying on even though their wages are going down. Some have shops beside the post ofﬁce and are afraid business will suffer if they close and others have nothing else to do. I made up my mind to close rather than flogging a dead horse. It has been very upsetting for a few months.”
Describing the decision to close so many post ofﬁces as ‘stupid’, Nicola said she has 30 customers who walk to her doors every day as they don’t have transport. “They will now have to drive or somehow get to Wellington Bridge six kilometers away.”
Kathleen Hanrahan runs the Glenmore Post Office and has felt coerced to take the retirement “package”. Her daughter says her mother ran the Post Office for 25 years, adding that no option was allowed for her to take over running of the Post Office.
Over 150 people attended a public meeting in the village to discuss the matter, and the community has yet to hear if a resolution can be found. Councilor Doherty said having no post ofﬁce in Glenmore will be a huge blow to the local area, especially after it emerged last week that neighbouring Mullinavat Post Office is also due to close. She said there are also concerns that the shop beside the post ofﬁce will be affected.
So the Irish government, like so many European governments, is more than willing to bailout out banksters and failing corporations and even subsidise refugees and migrants, to the extent of purchasing houses for them whilst leaving Irish people homeless, and when it comes to supporting the fabric of Irish society, they turn a blind eye.
After having worked for 14 years at a top investment bank in London, I have no doubt whatsoever that this is deliberate!
It is a globalist supremacist thing called “Mergers and Acquisitions”. Now that there are not many companies left to plunder, the elites have turned to plundering countries and their resources by whatever means possible. Citizens and migrants alike are mere profit fodder.
by Don Murray