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Provisions need to be put in place for Post Office customers

11 May, 2004

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said that there will be a real sense of disappointment at the decision of the Post Office to press ahead with plans to close twelve smaller post offices and choosing to review the fate of an additional nine.

Ms Gildernew said:

" When the plan was first revealed to close 21 local post offices there was a public outcry, particularly from the elderly who rely on the services of a local post office more than most. I had some hope that the Post Office may decide to review this entire plan.

" However we get the news today that they are to proceed with the closure of twelve of the branches immediately and review the fate of the other nine. Given the decision to proceed with closures there will of course be a real fear that the other nine Post Offices are simply being given little more than a short term reprieve.

" Now that the Post Office have taken this decision and appear fixed on it, they need now to tell us what provisions are being put in place for the customers who will suffer from these cutbacks. I will be in touch with the Post Office to make furthers representations in the hope that as little disruption as possible will be caused with this move." ENDS

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