Locals stamp feet over post office
Published 25/03/2014 | 05:42
Residents of Kilmore Quay gathered at their local post office in a collective show of support.
About 70 locals turned up last Thursday to support post mistress Geraldine Evans who has spoken out publicly about the threat to rural post offices.
'An Post say they have no plans to close rural post offices but they are removing services and making it impossible for them to remain viable,' said Geraldine.
It is now possible for people to pay bills in certain Tesco stores while the Department of Social Protection is encouraging recipients to accept social welfare payments electronically through the bank.
These are services currently provided by post offices, according to Geeraldine.
'Seventy-five per cent of the business of every post office in the country is social welfare payments,' she said.
'If they keep taking these services out, there will be nothing left.'
Geraldine said she was delighted with the support shown to her by local residents.
'It gives me hope that I have the backing of my community,' she said.
Geraldine has been running the post office in Kilmore Quay for the past 26 years.
It was previously operated for 45 years by her late father Patrick W. Murphy.