Monday 29 December 2014

'Proposed post office closure adding to decimation of rural Ireland'

Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30

Locals protesting  at Barna Dearg Post Office in Co Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes.
Locals protesting at Barna Dearg Post Office in Co Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes.

A RURAL Galway community fighting to keep their post office has warned that threatened closure will be another nail in the coffin for rural living.

People living in Barnaderg, Killererin, outside Tuam in Co Galway, say losing their post office would have a huge impact on the local community, who would have to travel over 7km to the next office in Abbeyknockmoy.

In January, An Post indicated it would begin a three-week public consultation process with the community concerning the future at Barnaderg. This could include the closure of the office.

Locals made more than 200 written submissions and gathered 1,200 signatures in a petition to protect it.

But three months on and the community still do not know the post office's fate. Residents are now demanding that An Post clarify its position.

A spokesperson for the Barnaderg Post Office Action group said: "Members of the local community served by the post office are frustrated and irritated at the lack of clarity concerning the future of our very vital piece of rural infrastructure."

Resident Bernard Keeley said the area of Barnaderg and Killererin, with a population of 4,000, would lose a "vital part of its rural infrastructure"..

"Some customers drawing their pension from the post office travel by tractor and there are many who don't have the ability to make it to Abbeyknockmoy or Tuam," he said, adding that the closure would have a huge impact on local businesses.

Fine Gael councillor Peter Roche said the closure would also impact on four other villages that have lost their post office.

"They may still close it down. It's adding to the decimation of rural Ireland," added Mr Keeley.

Irish Independent

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