Post Office

  • A thriving community in Co Sligo is to consider taking a judicial review to save its local post office, after accusing An Post of ignoring its own viability guidelines.

    Hundreds of people attended a protest meeting last night in Gurteen, amid local fury over An Post's decision to close the village post office on February 28.

    The decision followed a six-month campaign in Gurteen to save the post office, which prompted An Post to give three deadline extensions.

    Fiona Tansey, of Tansey's Centra Supermarket, told the Irish Independent that the decision made absolutely no sense and threatened the area with a devastating economic blow.

    She claims An Post is ignoring its own guidelines.

    Last year, it promised no post office would close where there's a local population of 500 people or more, while there are 512 living in Gurteen.

    The threatened closure of Gurteen post office will force people to travel more than 12km to Ballymote for services.

    Ms Tansey claimed that An Post has refused to engage with the local community, and they are now considering a judicial review of the decision.

    Last year, An Post unveiled plans to close 159 rural post offices, after a deal had been agreed with the Irish Postmasters' Union.

    A spokesman for An Post last night said there's an established protocol there to help them make a decision like this, and the step-by-step process was followed in this case, with Gurteen Post Office due to close at the end of this month.


  • A Mayo Senator has questioned the commitment of Fianna Fáil to saving rural post offices after their own motion on the issue was poorly attended by their own senators.

    Sinn Féin's Rose Conway-Walsh says there was only one speaker from Fianna Fáil on behalf of the motion and only three Fianna Fáil senators turned up to vote.

    She says there is no use in attending mass rallies calling for the protection of rural post offices if those same politicians are not going to use every avenue available in the Oireachtas to achieve this.

    Senator Conway-Walsh was strongly critical of Fianna Fáil's attempts to explain away the 732 post office closures that happened when they were in Government.

  • There is a warning that Ireland's network of post offices face 'unrestrained closures' over the next six to eight months if the state can't step in to help.

    A new report by Grant Thornton, commissioned by the Irish Postmasters Union, has found there's a 17 million euro hole in finances every year.

    The IPU says the network's now at a 'critical juncture' due to a deficit in funding.

  • Retailers Simon Davey and Richard Kelly have secured the future of An Post counter services in Ballymote. The new outlet of An Post located in Kanes Supervalu Ballymote is ready to welcome customers today from 11am.

    The outlet  offers all of the An Post services and has easy access from Lord Edward Street and ample car parking to the back of Supervalu.

    While they cannot mark today's opening with a big celebration they told Midwest News today that they are excited for the secure future of An Post in Ballymote and look forward to the support of the community.
    Ann and Pamela say they are looking forward to continuing to provide the An Post services to the people of Ballymote and surrounding areas. 

    After a century of a post office in the village of Ballindine, the facility is to be withdrawn from today, as the local postmistress retires.

     There is considerable controversy about the closure of the post office in the busy village, located on the N17.

    After today the 150 pensioners who collect their pension in Ballindine, will have to travel to either Claremorris or Miltown.

    Local people are upset by the closure and local businesses claim that An Post has not really engaged with businesses in Ballindine to secure a new location in the town for the post office.


  • Due to weather and treacherous road conditions, post offices are expected to remain closed today in areas subject to orange and yellow weather alerts. 

    In other areas, wherever possible, Post Offices will open this morning subject to road conditions, customer and staff safety and logistics.    

    An Post will keep customers updated as more Information becomes available at and Twitter @postvox


  • A public meeting will be held this Wednesday evening to try and prevent the closure of Easkey Post Office in Co Sligo.

    The current postmaster is retiring shortly and An Post has opened a public consultation process, before deciding whether or not to readvertise the contract to run the Post Office in Easkey.

    A spokesman for An Post has confirmed to Midwest News that submissions can be made on the matter up to the 23rd February, after which a decision will be made on whether An Post will readvertise the contract.

    Wednesday night’s meeting takes place in Easkey Community Centre at 8pm, and organisers are urging the local community to fight to retain their Post Office.

  • The community of Ballcroy is not going to stand by and let An Post close the local Post Office, according to local community activist, Dr Gerry Cowley.

    Dr Cowley attended a public meeting on the proposed closure of the Post Office in Ballycroy last night. He says An Post have now indicated that the facility will close by the end of this month, and it’s not acceptable to the 600 strong community that rely on the service.

    A further public meeting on the situation will take place this Thursday evening at 8pm in Ballycroy and he is urging everyone to come out and support the effort to retain a post office in Ballycroy.

     Dr Cowley told Midwest News today that there was a large turnout at last night’s public gathering, the second in a week on the threat of having no Post office in Ballycroy.

  • A public meeting will take place this evening (Tuesday) in Belcarra in an effort to retain a post offices in both Belcarra and Ballyglass.

    Both Post Offices, located outside Castlebar,  are due to close, as more than 160 rural post offices nationally are set to be lost as postmistresses and postmasters retire.

    Gerry Loftus Chairman of the farm lobby group the INHFA will address the meeting that will take place in Belcarra Community Centre this evening at 8pm.

    The organisers of tonight’s meeting say the post offices in both communities are valued amenities in the areas.

    Save our local post office is the topic up for discussion this evening.

  • A rally will take place today in opposition to the closure of post offices in the Sligo area, will take place this afternoon.

    The rally will start on Connaughton Road at around 2pm this afternoon and make its way to the GPO in Sligo, where speeches will be held.

    It follows the announcement in recent weeks that a large number of post offices across the country may close.

  • Two men in their late teens were arrested yesterday following a robbery at Maugheraboy Post Office in Sligo town.

    It's understood that two men, armed with knives, first tried to rob two people near the post office at about 2.30 yesterday afternoon.

    They then entered Maugheraboy Post Office where they demanded money and quickly fled the scene to a nearby field.

    Gardai, who were alerted by a local person, arrived at the scene within minutes and chased the men on foot, arresting both.

    All the cash stolen in the raid was recovered and no-one was injured in the incident.

    The two teenagers arrested were detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Both have been charged and are due before Manorhamilton District Court later this morning.






  • Up to 600 people packed the hall in Ballycroy last night for a public meeting over the planned closure of the local Post Office.

    Gerry Loftus of the Irish Natura Hill Farmers Association(INHFA) was in attendance and he says that the community are resolved to appeal the decision by An Post, and hope that the fact that Ballycroy Post office serves the islanders on Inshbiggle that will strengthen their argument.

    He told Midwest News today that the retention of the Post Office in the village is vital.

  • An Post has confirmed that the Westport Post Office remains closed.

    Both Westport and Newport Post Offices were closed for several days last week.

    The Post Office in Newport has reopened this morning.

    However, An Post says it appears the Westport post office will not reopen until Friday.

    In the meantime, Westport customers will continue to be looked after at Castlebar Post office.


  • An Post has this afternoon issued a notice that Westport PO has closed temporarily due to circumstances beyond the control of An Post.

    Post office services including payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will be available at Castlebar post office.

    Newport post office has also closed temporarily with customers diverted to Mulranny Post office.

    An Post states that it will seek to re-open both offices as soon as possible.