Greencastle Post Office, which had been under threat of closure, has been given a reprieve – but its contract has been extended by just 12 months after which time An Post will make a final decision on its long-term future.
Angus Laverty, a spokesman for An Post, said that following an extensive consultation process with local community representatives, the company had decided to extend the outlet’s contract for a further 12 months.
Saying it was good news for Greencastle, the spokesman added: “We will keep an eye on the level of business at the post office during that time, and make a final decision in a year’s time.”
“The decision to offer an extension to the current post office, which has been operated faithfully by the Gormley family for generations, is a testament to the efforts of the local community who have fought hard in recent weeks to ensure that the service is retained in Greencastle,” Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue said.
“I would encourage the local community to continue to show their support by using its services over the coming year to help ensure that Greencastle is served by a local post office for many years to come.”
Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn also welcomed the year-long reprieve.
“I want to congratulate the Gormley family, the Post Office Action Group and all in the local community who campaigned in a determined and professional manner to save this service,” he said.
“It is clear that their arguments stacked up and this decision by An Post is very welcome.
“However it is only a one year extension and it will be up to all people in the area to support the service in the time ahead”.
The death of long-serving postmaster Cyril Gormley this summer created what An Post described as a ‘vacancy’ and the company said its review of the continued operation of Greencastle Post Office was a standard procedure.
Hundreds attended a hastily convened public meeting in September that established an action group to co-ordinate the campaign for the retention of the service.
The Gormley family have run the post office in Greencastle since 1919.