Wednesday 16 January 2019

Donard locals urged to add names to post office submission

Myles Buchanan

All members of the local community opposed to the proposed closure of Donard Post Office are being encouraged to take part in a day-of-action taking place on Friday afternoon.

Donard Post Office Action Group will be asking people to publicly sign up to a submission which will be submitted to the independent review process in an effort to keep the post office open. Another submission will be presented to Leinster House.

Philip Matuschka, a member of the three-person Action Group, is hopeful there will be a large turnout at the day of action offering their support.

'There were over 100 people at the public meeting we held last week so we would be hoping for a similar number on Saturday. With regard to An Post, we don't think they have abided by their own protocol. As far as the Government are concerned we feel they also have a holistic responsibility that goes beyond the commercial viability of the premises,' said Mr Matuschka.

On Monday last, Donard Post Office Action Group invited Wicklow's TDs to attend a meeting in the local community centre. Deputies Pat Casey, Andrew Doyle and John Brady attended.

'I think it was a constructive meeting,' added Mr Matuschka. 'We stressed how the cost of keeping open the post office would be less than the loss of tax revenue if it closed. We estimated that roughly ten jobs will be lost over time locally if the post office closed due to the impact the closure will have on other businesses'.

The signing of the submission takes place outside Donard Post Office at 3 p.m. Deputy John Brady has lent the campaign his support.

He said: 'The An Post plan to rip the heart out of Donard is a flawed one and the submission will outline why that is the case. The post office not only serves Donard, it servers a sizable geographical area which has a population of over 1,500, However, An Post have stated that no community of more than 500 will be left with no post office. An Post have also stated that nobody will live more than 15km away from a post office, yet 33 per cent of the people currently served by Donard post office will live more than 15km away from Dunlavin. This is they want to move the services to.'

Wicklow People