An Post responds in Maugherow post office controversy

An Post is insisting that all submissions from a north Sligo community seeking to retain post office services in their area were adequately considered.

It’s amid claims that a decision on one submission from a local campaign group was made before the submission was even received.

The group in Maugherow say it posted its submission last Thursday afternoon from the GPO in Sligo, and that it was delivered to An Post on Friday afternoon.

However, An Post says it received the submission on Thursday.

Yesterday, Monday, the local campaign group received an email from An Post saying the decision to close their local Ballinfull Post Office had been upheld.

And it appears that despite the amount of information the Maugherow campaign group included in its submission, the assessor regarded only a small portion of the submission to be relevant.

That related mainly to population and distances from other post offices.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today, An Post spokesman Angus Laverty insisted all relevant information was considered by the independent assessor:

Adding to the confusion about the situation was that yesterday’s email stated that An Post was made known of the independent assessor’s decision on September 24th.

That was before the campaign group had even sent in its submission.

But Angus Laverty admitted that date of September 24th was an error:

However, a member of the local Maugherow campaign group, Noel Darcy, wonders how adequate consideration could possibly be given to its submission in such a short time.