Save Rural Ireland Mayo

  • After almost two centuries Ballycroy Post Office is to close this evening at 5.30pm.

    The future of the Ballycroy Post Office remained in doubt after An Post had to re-advertise the contract to provide post office services for the region, after there were no successful applicants.

    The news was confirmed to Midwest this afternoon  by Gerry Loftus of Save Rural Ireland Mayo.

    The future of the post office in Ballycroy looked to have been secured when An Post announced in September they had agreed to re-advertise the contract, but fresh fears arose in recent weeks when there were no successful applicants for the post.

    The Postmistress Rose Conway has today paid tribute to all their staff and customers over the years.

  • “Save Rural Ireland Mayo” says they are seriously concerned that there are no successful applicants to take over the running of Ballycroy Post office.

    Spokesperson Gerry Loftus says what he initially feared is now coming true in that these new contracts were not fit for purpose and that postmasters would not sign them.

    Mr. Loftus says there were two applicants in Ballycroy but could not sign an unviable contract.

  • On Tuesday next, September 18th a national protest march will take place in Dublin in an effort to retain the rural; post office network.

    Concerned groups and individuals will gather at Trinity College at 2pm and proceed in a protest march to the Dail.

    The event is being organised by the newly established Save Rural Ireland Mayo group, together with the Independent Postmasters Group, and the Public Banking Forum.

    Gerry Loftus, of Save Rural Ireland Mayo, a group that organised a protest in Castlebar recently, told Midwest News today that the campaign is continuing to save essential services like a post offices in rural communities, in light of last month’s announcement by An post that 159 post offices nationally are closing down.