‘If we lose our Post Office we will lose our identity as Gleneely village’

Crunch meeting as locals fight to keep vital service

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Day one of the fight to keep Gleneely Post Office saw a crowd of sixty gather for a crunch meeting at the local Colts football club on Monday night.

With only eight days left for parties to register their interest ahead of the March 7 deadline, An Post is currently ‘considering options for the longer term provision of the service’ following the retirement of current Postmaster Kevin McLaughlin.

Mr. McLaughlin is expected to remain in the role until the end of April but thereafter there are no guarantees.

With one of the options being the ‘permanent cessation of the vacant contract’, An Post says it will take a decision following the ‘consideration of any views received’.

There appears to be almost unanimous support for the retention of the Post Office service in Gleneely but the community faces a huge difficulty in that a possible successor to the retiring Postmaster has not yet been identified.

Gleneely Development Association Chairperson Janet Krohn said Monday night’s meeting was called to determine whether or not members of the community wish to keep the Post Office open.

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