One of the leading citizens in the Greencastle area has claimed if plans to close the local Post Office succeeds it will be a closing of the ‘coffin lid’ on the economic life of the village.
Seamus Bovaird said there was ‘intense anger’ locally after it was learned this week that moves are afoot to close the facility just a few weeks after the death of former postmaster, Cyril Gormley.
When contacted this week Mr. Bovaird said the issue had united the area because people were aware just show serious the repercussionscould be.
“Despite less than three hours notice more than 150 people showed up for a public meeting.There is real annoyance and anger locally.
“On Monday Cyril’s son got a phonecall from An Post, followed by a letter on Tuesday. It was blunt and to the point - closure is one of the options. The word spread quickly and a few of the locals decided to get a meeting called to fight the closure. “
It was confirmed that local people including Eddie Kelly, from the village shop, Gemma Havlin, from the Greencastle Museum, Finola Holwell, from the Community Centre, along with Councillor Martin Farren got posters out and got the message out on Facebook to organise a meeting for 7 PM in the community centre.
Mr Bovaird again: “It was short notice so we thought an ordinary meeting room in the centre would do but by 6.50 it was obvious that the room would be too small We had to move into the sports hall. This alone indicates the depth of feeling locally. Just about every family locally was represented.”
Mr Bovaird, who has been involved in the fishing and marine industry for many years added: “If local people have to go to Moville to get their pensions or the dole it is likely they will buy their goods and their other provisions there. Rural Ireland is not dying, it’s being killed off. Soon there will be nothing left here.”
Speaking yesterdayJoe McHugh TD said the future of the local Post Office is a matter of major concern in Greencastle
He stated: “This morning An Post’s Head of Public Affairs has agreed to meet with me and with a local delegation to discuss the future of Greencastle Post Office. An Post’s Regional Manager for the West & Northwest will also be present. That meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th September. We will be making a very strong case at that meeting Cllr Mickey Doherty said: “This matter is a serious concern for local people I am working with the local community on this issue, and I will be in attendance at the meeting on 25th September.”