Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has unveiled Fianna Fáil proposals to secure the future of local post offices.
The detailed plans involving expanding and diversifying services.
Deputy McConalogue said: “The value of the local post office to communities across Donegal cannot be overstated.
“The only way that post offices will survive is if their role is expanded.
“Post Offices need to offer more services – like internet and office facilities where possible as well as processing a range of financial transactions.”
This is especially important, he added, given the withdrawal of many services, such as bank branches, from rural communities.
Sinn Féin Midland’s NW EU candidate Matt Carthy also highlighted the issue, commenting on a report from the Irish Postmaster’s Union which says the number of post offices will fall by 48 per cent by 2017.
He called this “the latest in a long line of attacks on rural communities”.
“The potential closures highlighted by the unions would have devastating social consequences for rural communities in particular,” he added.