Post office axe has hit 10 counties since 2012
POST offices have been earmarked for closure in 10 different counties since late 2012, the Irish Independent has learned.
An Post management signed off on the closures of nine post offices, while a further six are still in real danger of being axed.
The true scale of the threat posed to the future of the post office network is illustrated by the number of offices that underwent a consultation process involving company management.
Offices in Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Wexford, Kildare, Monaghan and Laois have all been shut, while a number of others have been given temporary contracts to remain open.
Post offices based in Greencastle and Bunbeg in Donegal have been granted short-term reprieves but still face the risk of being closed.
Fresh concern has now been raised this week for three post offices facing closure, in Cratloe Co Clare, as well as Cappataggle and Barnaberg in Co Galway.
Residents and business people in Galway are seeking an urgent meeting with TDs; while in Cratloe, a number of public meetings have taken place.
An Post officials are due to make a decision on the future of the offices shortly, with sources admitting that both are facing a battle to remain open.
Postmasters now intend to heap pressure on new Communications Minister Alex White.
The closures have taken place in Santry in Dublin, Farran in Cork, Duncormick in Wexford and Ballinacolla in Laois.
Others have also closed in Kilmeague and Tierworker in Kildare, as well as Gleneely in Donegal, Ballyheelan in Cavan, and Ballinode in Monaghan.
Postmasters are particularly concerned about the impact of large supermarkets entering the post office market.
The Irish Independent previously revealed that Ireland's second largest wholesale network is planning to provide postal services.
An Post has insisted that it is committed to the future of the network but has said it must diversify in order to compete.