THE former Mayor of Cork County has hit out at the lack of support for post offices.
There are reports that rural post offices in Cork are facing closure. Cllr John Paul O’Shea has called on the Government to support them.
Mr O’Shea also wrote to the CEO of An Post, in a bid to retain the post office in the village of Ballydesmond, in north-west Cork, which is expected to close this year.
“This is, again, the start of the demise of the local post office,” Mr O’Shea said. “Ten years ago, we fought successfully for the automation of all rural post offices nationally.
“Now, all post offices are, again, under threat, as the Government — past and present — still won’t give this service an opportunity to survive.”
The independent councillor said that the postmistress at Ballydesmond post office is due to retire, casting doubt over the future of the postal service in the area.
An Post are believed to be exploring several options regarding the future of the branch, including its closure.
In a letter to David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, Mr O’Shea implored him to personally intervene to ensure that the area is not deprived of a postal service.
He said: “I believe An Post is currently considering the future post-office provision in the village, which could include the permanent closure of the office.
“I am asking you to personally intervene to ensure a post office continues in the village of Ballydesmond.”
A local shop has indicated its interest in taking over the operations of the post office in the village, according to Mr O’Shea.
He said the community are desperate to retain the service.
“The community of Ballydesmond are determined to keep this vital service in their village and they will fight tooth and nail in order to maintain it,” he said.