Universal postal service is essential

Lyall Plant, Countryside Allaince
Lyall Plant, Countryside Allaince

Countryside Alliance Ireland welcomes the report published on 12 March from the BIS Select Committee on competition in the postal services sector and the Universal Service Obligation (USO) and its recognition that the USO is an ‘essential service’ that needs to be protected by Ofcom.

As our submission outlined, the USO plays an important role in rural communities and if it was scrapped could lead to unfair costs being placed on rural businesses and an increase in social isolation. This is why we fully support the call from the Committee seeking reassurance from Ofcom that they are able to take swift action to protect the USO.

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland, said: “We are concerned about the impact of Royal Mail’s competitors being able to cherry-pick mail delivery routes, leaving Royal Mail with the less profitable ones. If left unchecked we believe this could lead to the countryside receiving a second class mail service. Daily postal deliveries are vital for rural communities and businesses.

“We welcome this report and urge OFCOM to continue its review of the sustainability of the Universal Service Obligation that was announced in December.”

Tattersalls - Exclusive

offer for CAI Members

This year Countryside Alliance Ireland is again pleased to be able to offer our members discounted tickets for the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair.

Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair will run from the 27th to 31st May 2015. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, Tattersalls and Countryside Alliance Ireland are delighted to offer two tickets for the price of one for all CAI members.

Located in Ratoath, Co. Meath, this event attracts the top names in the sport. The thrilling cross country, Country Fair and all the children’s entertainment are on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Family entertainment includes a free kids zone, pony rides, a hound parade, carnival stands, bucking bronco, bouncy castles, a pet farm, face painting, dog competitions and much more.

Tickets must be pre-booked by either calling +353 (0) 1 886 4300 or online at www.tattshorsetrials.ie. Please use the following Promo Code to avail of this offer - TATTSCAI15

For more information visit www.tattshorsetrials.ie or contact info@tattshorsetrials.ie or +353 (0) 1 886 4300.