Minister Denis Naughten last night rejected claims that the closure of post offices in the west and midlands will lead to the closure of dozens of small businesses and job losses.
According to RTE News, Minister Naughten was told at a public meeting in Athleague, that the decision to close 159 post offices was akin to treason in the economy of rural Ireland.
11 post offices are due to close in Mayo, 17 in Galway and five in Roscommon.
Minister Naughten was told at the meeting that there would be widespread closures of other small businesses in the constituency as a result.
The Minister reiterated what he told Midwest News yesterday – that An Post was not withdrawing contracts and anybody who wished to stay open could do so, while independent reviews could also be sought.
However Minister Naughten was widely criticised for a failure to support village post offices.