Post Offices

  • Minister Denis Naughten last night rejected claims that the closure of post offices in the west and midlands will lead to the closure of dozens of small businesses and job losses.

    According to RTE News, Minister Naughten was told at a public meeting in Athleague, that the decision to close 159 post offices was akin to treason in the economy of rural Ireland.

    11 post offices are due to close in Mayo, 17 in Galway and five in Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten was told at the meeting that there would be widespread closures of other small businesses in the constituency as a result.

    The Minister reiterated what he told Midwest News yesterday – that An Post was not withdrawing contracts and anybody who wished to stay open could do so, while independent reviews could also be sought.

    However Minister Naughten was widely criticised for a failure to support village post offices.

     

  • A protest march and rally in support of the retention of rural post offices in Mayo will take place this afternoon in Castlebar.

    The protest is being organised by a newly formed committee, under the banner – Save Our Post Offices in Mayo and will get underway at 2.30pm from the car park of the Holy Rosary Church in Castlebar and proceed through the town to the Mall.

    Earlier this week An Post announced the closure of 159 rural post offices nationally and 11 of these are in county Mayo.

  • Services in more than 60 post offices across the country have been affected due to Storm Ali.

    Heavy winds have disrupted many deliveries in the North and North West.

    An Post says they are working to restore full services as soon as possible.