Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that the sense of relief in KIlmeaden and the surrounding areas was palpable last week when it was announced by An Post that it has accepted the withdrawal of resignation by the current Postmaster, Mr Burns.
The net effect of this decision is that the post office in Kilmeaden will remain open while the national post office review takes place.
Deputy Butler commented, “This is a positive step for the Kilmeaden community and I want to thank Mr Burns for his support.
“However, the fight needs to continue to ensure that when the national review concludes, Kilmeaden Post Office is allowed to remain open.
“The review is expected to be concluded by late October or early November with a decision on which post offices will cease trading to be made after that.
“An Post has confirmed that between 160 and 360 post offices will close across the country in the next four years.The priority for everyone locally must be to ensure that Kilmeaden is now on that list.
“The Government and An Post must recognise that post offices offers much more than just post services. The social value of a local post office, especially in rural areas, cannot be underestimated.
“Decisions of this cannot be taken purely from a pure business perspective. An entire generation of our citizens aren’t natural online users – we cannot leave them without access to postal services.
“The Save KIlmeaden Post Office committee met again last Friday and are planning a number of events to promote the use of the post office. We can never forget the simple but important message that unless we use it, we will lose it,” concluded Butler.