Updated: 02/02/18 : 07:00:01
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Sligo set to lose another rural post office

As the uncertainty over the future of Ballygawley Post Office continues it appears that another rural post office in Co Sligo is at risk of closing.

The Easkey outlet in West Sligo is coming under threat as the postmaster there is set to retire next month and the local community will have to justify the viability of the post office to An Post who state that they are currently reviewing the entire network.

Meanwhile in Ballygawley the waiting continues as Thomas Walsh, Co ordinator of the Save Ballygawley Post-Office Campaign has this week written to  Communications Minister Denis Naughton and Rural & Community Development Minister Michael Ring severely criticising An Post for slow implementation and lack of information on the progress of the review and requested answers to the following questions;

What are the terms of reference?
When will the review be completed?
When will the review be published?
Who is commissioned to undertake the review?
Under what conditions and terms was Ä30million approved as a loan to An Post from the state?

In his communique to the ministers Mr Walsh also attached a letter received from the Head of Contracts and Retail Support earlier this week in which it was confirmed that no further information on Ballygawley PO was available. See letter below.

The review notice for Ballygawley has been ongoing since 2016.

Deputy Eamon Scanlon speaking this week on Ocean FM said, "itís another blow for rural Ireland,
the post office service is very important to the village of Easkey and An Post will be looking at the situation when the postmaster retires in March"

Submissions will be sought from villagers as to why the post office should remain open. That process will commence next week and conclude on 23 February. Deputy Scanlon urged the local people to participate and outline their thoughts to An Post.

Letter from An Post re Ballygawley PO