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County-wide ‘united stand’ against post office closures

4 April, 2008

Tyrone will take a county wide 'united stand' against the closure of post offices in the county according to Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Begley.

The councillor also announced that Omagh district councillors are to meet with post sub masters of the post offices in the district to ascertain their views and also to review the situation. At the monthly meeting of Omagh district council on Tuesday night Cllr Begley proposed a suspension of standing orders to discuss the issue of the closures.

Cllr Begley said:

"We as a council are disappointed that yet another much needed service is being stripped from a number of communities. Tyrone has borne the brunt of the closures of post office with 21 post offices set to close.

"We must take a united stand across Tyrone against the further erosion of must need amenities. A robust, collective challenge against the closure is the only way to make the post office think twice before the end of the public consultation and imminent closures.

"We will be in contact with Cookstown, Dungannon and Strabane district councils with a view to launching a county-wide 'united stand' against the closure of Tyrone post offices.

"In Omagh terms, and speaking in my capacity as Omagh Town councillor I and my party colleague Martin McColgan are particularly disappointed that the closure of Strathroy post office leaves no post office in the north side of Omagh. This is totally unacceptable; the whole issue of accessibility must be reviewed in this instance. The post office situated in Strathroy not only caters for the needs of the residents of Strathroy but also the surrounding areas including Shergrim, the Gortin road and Lisanelly estate. In one fell swoop the people of these areas have been stripped of this service." ENDS

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