Ballygawley post office must not be allowed to close - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal, Martin Kenny said that closures of more post offices would be a blow to communities across the state.
Deputy Kenny said:
“In rural villages all over Ireland the post office is a social hub along with the fact that the post office network is the largest retail network in the country with 1,150 offices employing 3,700 people. In my own constituency there is great concern about the future of Ballygawley post office in Co Sligo.
“The community is organising a campaign to keep its post office as several small rural post offices have been closed in recent years. Ballygawley post office must not be allowed to close.
“It is the social aspect that is most important to the community, particularly older citizens for whom collecting of their pensions is an important weekly event, often combined with a visit to the local town to shop.
“The Director of Retail Operations at An Post has said that 700 post offices in the State are not sustainable but it is the job of government to make them sustainable.
“The Postmasters’ Union has put forward its vision for the post office network by the extension of services including financial services, additional social protection facilities, driver licences and motor tax payments.
“These are options for our post offices and would be welcomed by postmasters and customers. Our post offices must be invested in and they must be protected.
“The government must make post offices sustainable preserve this invaluable service into the future.”