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Post Office cuts will devastate rural communities

31 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan has said that the consultation on the future of the Post Office network that will be published tomorrow, Tuesday 1st April, threatens 42 Post Offices with total closure and a further 54 with being moved to a part-time, mobile or 'shared' basis.

Mr Boylan said:

"These plans threatening 96 Post Offices will potentially have a huge impact on 96 communities right across the north.

"I am particularly concerned at the impact of these proposals on our rural communities were the rural Post Office is the cornerstone of the local community and provides a vital social hub not least for older people.

"In rural areas where the public transport infrastructure is weak the loss of this vital community resource will only compound rural isolation.

"Rural communities need to wake up to this imminent threat to their local Post Offices because once they are gone they will be gone for good.

"The consultation will run from April till May 12 and now is the time for local communities to come together with their local elected representatives to fight for the retention of their Post Offices." ENDS

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