A thriving community in Co Sligo is to consider taking a judicial review to save its local post office, after accusing An Post of ignoring its own viability guidelines.

Hundreds of people attended a protest meeting last night in Gurteen, amid local fury over An Post's decision to close the village post office on February 28.

The decision followed a six-month campaign in Gurteen to save the post office, which prompted An Post to give three deadline extensions.

Fiona Tansey, of Tansey's Centra Supermarket, told the Irish Independent that the decision made absolutely no sense and threatened the area with a devastating economic blow.

She claims An Post is ignoring its own guidelines.

Last year, it promised no post office would close where there's a local population of 500 people or more, while there are 512 living in Gurteen.

The threatened closure of Gurteen post office will force people to travel more than 12km to Ballymote for services.

Ms Tansey claimed that An Post has refused to engage with the local community, and they are now considering a judicial review of the decision.

Last year, An Post unveiled plans to close 159 rural post offices, after a deal had been agreed with the Irish Postmasters' Union.

A spokesman for An Post last night said there's an established protocol there to help them make a decision like this, and the step-by-step process was followed in this case, with Gurteen Post Office due to close at the end of this month.

 

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