Greencastle is not some peripheral little village - Dail told

Greencastle not a peripheral area - it s fisheries school is of national importance, it is a major fishing port, it has a cross border ferry service and it is major access point for Northern Ireland visitors.

This were amongst the claims made by Deputy Joe McHugh, who sponsored a ‘Topical Issue’ motion on the floor of Dáil Éireann on Tuesday evening

After convening a meeting earlier with postal authorities Deputy McHugh told the chamber: “A substantial number of people from Northern Ireland travel through the village of Greencastle.

“The Magilligan Point–Greencastle ferry route is becoming the main transport corridor for a whole new tourism route between the Titanic Centre in Belfast and Donegal.

“This summer, large numbers of people used the new tourism corridor to visit Belfast and then Donegal via the Giants Causeway, including visitors to Inishowen and to Glenveagh National Park.

“I strongly urge Minister Quinn to make the point to An Post that Greencastle is not a peripheral place. Greencastle is a commercial centre for the Irish fishing industry, and is important also as the location of the National Fisheries College.

The Donegal North East TD also suggested capacity issues at Moville Post Office must be a strong factor in the considerations about Greencastle Post Office’s future.

He pointed out: “The closures of Lecamey PO and Carrowmenagh PO in recent years have created a situation whereby Moville Post Office has become a focal point for people who live in Lecamey, Carrowmenagh and Meenletterbale. An Post customers are queued out the door in Moville already. My colleague Cllr Mickey Doherty, whom I work closely with, makes the point that Moville would not be able to cope.”

Responding, Minister Ruairi Quinn TD said he knew his colleague, Minister Pat Rabbitte would take into account all of the factors involved and was acutely conscious of the Deputy’s concerns

Deputy McHugh organised a meeting in Leinster House last Wednesday morning for Donegal North-East Oireachtas members with Angus Laverty, An Post Director of Public Affairs. Deputy McHugh, Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Deputy Pádraig MacLochlainn and Senator Jimmy Harte attended the meeting.