The decision to close Cliffoney Post Office has been described as ‘another nail in the coffin for rural Ireland’.
Local Fianna Fail Councillor, Donal Gilroy has made the comments following confirmation that An Post will be closing the centre from Friday the 17th of September.
Customers are to be transferred to grange Post Office in the interim at least.
Speaking to OceanFM News, Councillor Gilroy says the news is ‘devastating’ for the local population.
Local Independent Councillor, Marie Casserly says it’s very disappointing for the community.
She says An Post need to review the terms and conditions for rural Postmasters and Postmistresses.
The following statement was issued by An Post:
In recent months An Post have been making strenuous efforts to find a contractor to run the post office in Cliffoney. Our Postmaster there wishes to exit the business.
We advertised the vacant contract a number of times and also pursued various possible options but to no avail.
We have no option but to close the office on Friday, September 17th next and to transfer customers, in the interim at least, to Grange Post office.
A notice informing customers of the closure and giving details of the alternative available will be posted today.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to customers but we did make every effort possible to maintain a post office service in Cliffoney.