Community unites in bid to stop post office closing

by Emma Nolan

THE closure of Finglas East Post Office has been described as a “devastating blow” for the local community, with a petition to keep it open gaining 1,000 signatures.

An Post is set to close the branch located in the Spar shop on Glasnevin Avenue because the postmistress is due to retire.

Customers who collect their social welfare payments from the branch will be transferred to another post office in the area before transferring to one of their choice.

Cllr Noeleen Reilly (SF) said that the decision to close the Finglas East Post office is a devastating blow for those in the community, and said senior citizens and those most vulnerable will be badly affected.

She said: “It is not acceptable that An Post have taken the decision to close such a busy post office, simply because the postmistress is retiring.

“The decision to close the post office is a bad decision for those in the community that rely and need it.”

Local TD Noel Rock (FG) slammed the decision to close the post office as “short-sighted and unacceptable”.

Deputy Rock launched a petition to save the post office, which has gained 1,000 signatures, to date.

He said: “The news that it might close has come to a shock to the community. Many people still don’t know, so please share this post so we can inform – and mobilise – the community in order to defend this service.”

Cllr Reilly added: “There have been far too many services lost in the general area over the past number of years and these decisions certainly do not create any confidence in the so-called economic recovery that the Government keep telling us about.

“It is unacceptable that this post office is being closed, and that decision must be reversed immediately.”

A public meeting was due to take place on Monday night but was cancelled due to Storm Ophelia. It is now taking place on Friday, October 19 at 6pm in Beneavin De La Salle College.

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