Updated: 26/03/18 : 16:44:20
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TD confirms Easkey Post Office will not close

A new contract has been awarded to Easkey post office to safeguard its future, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Sligo – Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin, thanked all the local people for their participation in the public consultation and said the retention of the post office will strengthen the community in Easkey over the coming years.

An advisor at Communication Minister Denis Naughton's office stated, “We have managed to come with an arrangement whereby the postmaster in nearby Bunnyconlon Ian Clark will take over the running of the post office in Easkey, Sligo for one year. There will be no break of service and the post office remains in its current location. We will review the contract in one years’ time.”

Deputy McLoughlin said: “following the news about the retirement at Easkey PO and the establishment of a local group, I contacted An Post to seek that that conduct a public consultation on the issue.

“I called for the contract to be re-advertised, going directly to An Post Management, Minister Naughten and Minister Ring to fight the case for the local community.

“I met with the Save Easkey Post Office Committee to hear the concerns, which were being brought tp my attention by Blair Feeney who is a local Fine Gael Area rep in the area. I am delighted with this outcome which An Post has informed me of this morning It is great news for the local community in Easkey.

“Fine Gael is committed to building a sustainable future for rural Ireland, and this includes ensuring vital services are retained in local communities.

 “This Government is committed to ensuring that we learn the lessons from the past and do not repeat them.

“The safeguarding of Easkey post office paves the way for more good news for rural Ireland in the weeks, months and years ahead.

“We have emerged from a lost decade due to the hard work of the Irish people and we, as a Government, must put in place plans that will guide our development as a country for the next generation.

“That is why we are bringing forward the National Planning Framework and the National Development Plan together so that investment follows the plan.

“Large sections of the plan are devoted to rural growth and ensuring that our wider rural hinterlands are supported to grow and build a sustainable future.”