Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Michael Kitt has expressed his disappointment at the decision by An Post to close the Post Office at Cappatagle in December.
An Post announced today that it will not advertise for the continuance of the Post Office service at Cappatagle.
Deputy Kitt commented: “It was very disappointing to learn earlier today that An Post will not be advertising for the continuation of postal services for the people of the area. On many other occasions in the event of a Post Office closure, An Post has ensured a notice period of a year or two, so local people can put forward a plan to replace the services that will be lost.
“Only last week, in reply to a Parliamentary Question I raised, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White advised that the Board of An Post is required to approve rolling five-year business and financial plans each year, in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.
“However, on this occasion, An Post is effectively pulling the plug before the business plan for 2015 – 2019 has been rolled out, thereby excluding Cappy Post Office from being included in the plan.
“Cappatagle is situated halfway between Ballinasloe and Loughrea and the loss of its post office will force people to travel longer distances to access these services. It also represents another element in the Government’s sustained and ruthless attack on rural Ireland. Along with Post Offices; small schools and Garda stations have been closed while rural bus routes have been curbed. The very essence of rural Ireland is being dismantled and the Government seems quite happy to let this happen.
“I am calling on the local Government TDs in Galway to fight for our rural Post Offices and seek a reversal of this unfair and wrong decision.”