A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Lusk last night (Thursday) amid mounting concerns over the future of rural post offices in Fingal.
Up to 300 post offices nationwide are under threat of closure as the Government presses ahead with plans to introduce ‘stand-alone’ contracts for each An Post outlet.
Fianna Fail Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has called the meeting in Lusk – one of the post offices believed to be in the firing line along with Rush – in Murray’s pub at 8pm.
She and her party colleague, Cllr Brian Dennehy, have called on those who want to “protect the future of the post office network in north county Dublin” to attend.
Senator Clifford-Lee said: “This is a chance for people to raise their concerns, speak about how they see their local post office changing, and impress their demand for their post office to be pro-tected.
“In recent weeks, we have heard that the Government are considering closing up to 300 post of-fices, some of which could be in Fingal.
“The Government talks about increasing the number of services on offer in our post offices, but they fail to identify which services that want to be provided in them.
“Fianna Fail is leading the charge for this government to up its game, invest in the post office net-work, and secure its future in our area.”
Two weeks ago, postmasters voted overwhelmingly to reject An Post’s proposal. Irish Postmasters Union spokesperson Tony Wall said: “The proposed new contract is for each post office to operate on a stand-alone commercial basis and places no value on post offices’ social function.”
Lusk postmistress Linda Neary, who took part in a national protest on the issue, warned that the loss of the post office would tear the heart out of the community.
She said: “I know there have to be cuts to make the service viable, but you still have to serve the community. They have to look at the bigger picture.
“There’s a social aspect to the post office. We have nothing in Lusk – this is the hub of the community here. We have nothing else, so if they take the post office away, what have we got left?”