Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo/Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has called on the on Ballygawley community to fight with him to ensure its Post Office stays open.
Deputy McLoughlin stated “I have been advised that a customer notice has been placed at 'Ballygawley Post Office' on Friday stating that An Post is "considering the future of postal services in Ballygawley" and that the company is seeking to hear from the public before they make any decision on its future”.“On this bases, I am now calling on the local community in Ballygawley and its environs to react strongly and quickly to this notice and to let An Post know just how important this service is to the local community”.
“It is now up to the community to react to this notice and to save its service from any negative decision by An Post”.
“This Post Office is a vital component of the local community in Ballygawley and it must be fought for. I will be raising the issue in the Dáil with Minister Dennis Naughten."
Chairman of Ballygawley Development, Thomas Walsh said, "It seems that this is protocol from An Post on the passing of a postmaster.As most of you will be aware our friend, local community activist and Postmaster, Colm Mc Tiernan passed away a number of weeks ago.
Having spoken with An Post officials at regional and head office level I have relayed that I am deeply saddened and conveyed my concern at such a policy.
"However standard a policy, it is vital that such a service remains in Ballygawley village and everything possible be done to this effect.
"The Post Office serves as an important business point but also as an important meeting point. It plays a pivotal role in the heart of the Ballygawley and wider community both in terms of social and economic impact.
"To this point,
· I have now started a petition of signatures Save Ballygawley Post Office which you can
sign at all local outlets.
· I will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 17th November at 8pm in Callaghans
· I have asked An Post management to meet myself and a delegation from the community in
the coming weeks.
· I have also relayed my thoughts to Minister for Rural Affairs, Michael Ring TD.
Local Councillor Thomas Healy is adding his support to the campaign to save the Post Office.
“This is yet another example of rural Ireland being decimated by an ongoing series of cuts and loss of functions,” stated Cllr Healy. “It is vital that the community comes together on this issue and ensures that our voice is heard. This is a busy and well run Post Office in the centre of Ballygawley, following the sad death of the Postmaster, An Post are now carrying out a review of the Office.
"There is no doubt that this service is viable and popular, there appears to be a national policy of opportunistically closing Post Offices in these circumstances and we must ensure that this is not allowed to happen here.”
“There will be a demonstration of support outside the Post Office on Wednesday evening at 6.00pm” continued Cllr Healy. “I am urging people to attend, show their support and sign a petition. We intend to have a public meeting on Thursday at 8p.m in Callaghan’s bar in Ballygawley and to form a committee to coordinate the campaign. I will be lobbying all constituency T.Ds for their support at national level as it is vital that we have a united and positive approach to this issue.
!In addition I will be contacting the local An Post management to outline my concerns and those of the community. We have seen the closure of the An Post service in Ballingtogher and this must not be allowed to happen again.”
Deputy McLoughlin has asked all concerned Ballygawly residents to send support before the 2nd December, for Ballygawley Post Office to;
Mr. Peter Gillespie,
Retail Operations Manager,