McKevitt calls for cheaper cross-border post

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has called for more practical cross-border co-operation down to the level of postal services. Speaking to Newry Times, she said every business close to the border can expand by trading across the border. “We should be encouraging them in order to create more jobs and prosperity, and we should be hunting down and removing obstacles that stand in their way. “It costs just 55 cents to send an ordinary letter from Dundalk to Newry but it costs 87p, which is pretty close to double as much, to send one in the other direction. “That is an extra cost on local businesses and it is an unnecessary one if An Post can afford to do the job cheaper. Even in this electronic age the post is still very important for businesses, and cross- border delivery is far too slow. McKevitt added, “It seems most letters from  Newry to Dundalk are going to Belfast for sorting and may even be routed through Dublin for a second sorting. North-south co-operation is all about mutual practical benefit and we need to be able to show the benefits at the practical level where ordinary people live and work. “We are not getting much leadership from the Executive in terms of north-south co-operation so we need to keep the pressure on at local level for more to be done.”
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