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SF member of Dáil Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources questions decision to downgrade Clonakilty Post Office at committee meeting

8 January, 2004


Sinn Féin T.D. Arthur Morgan today questioned the decision by an Post to downgrade Clonakilty Post Office from a branch office to a sub office. Speaking following the presentation by the Clonakilty Post Office Committee to the

Committee for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Deputy Morgan urged An Post to reverse what he termed a disgraceful decision.

Deputy Morgan said

"The decision by an Post to "re-designate" i.e. downgrade the post office in Clonakilty from a branch office to a sub office in inexplicable. This very busy Post Office, based in the fastest growing town in County Cork, is set to experience a significant increase in business with the proposed re-location of part of BIM and a section of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to the town. That this expanding town should face a downgrading of its post office services raises many questions. An Post needs to respond to allegations that the central motivation for downgrading this viable branch office is the possibility of selling the premises.

"The decision with respect to Clonakilty Post Office is representative of what is happening in many parts of the State where local communities face loosing vital services provided through the post office. Sinn Féin is fully supportive of the campaign to retain the current status of Clonakilty Post Office and supports the vital role that the local post office plays in most rural communities. ENDS

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