Monday 17 June 2019

Closures of Post Offices a "body blow"

Local public representatives have raised concerns at the impending closure of more Post Offices in rural Sligo.

Independent County Councillor Margaret Gormley said the latest Post Office likely to go is Monasteraden in South Sligo.

"It's another body blow. We're losing every service in rural Ireland," she told The Sligo Champion.

"Now we heard the news about broadband," she added.

The Post Office in Cliffoney is now also in danger of closure according to Sinn Féin Councillor Thomas Healy.

Today is the deadline set by An Post management for Postmasters to accept a voluntary redundancy package.

"I have been working alongside local people to keep the post office in Ballinfull open but news has reached me that the nearby Cliffoney Office is now under threat also," he said.

"It would be completely detrimental to two rural communities to lose their most important local service. There appears to be an approach both from the government and An Post management to allow rural services to close and consolidate all in a more urban setting," he said.

Cllr Healy has written to senior An Post management on both Cliffoney and Ballinfull Post Offices and reminded them of their own protocol for closure and their social obligations.

A public meeting will take place in Cliffoney Hall on Thursday night at 8 o'clock.

Sligo Champion