Two hun­dred sub­mis­sions call for Laragh Post Of­fice to re­main open

Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

AN Post re­ceived over 200 sub­mis­sions call­ing for the Post Of­fice at Laragh to re­main in ser­vice.

It had pre­vi­ously been an­nounced that the post of­fice was due to close at the end of Jan­uary but An Post agreed to reopen the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod af­ter com­mu­nity protests call­ing for the post of­fice to re­main open.

Af­ter com­plaints over the lack of a con­sul­ta­tion process be­fore the de­ci­sion to close the post of­fice was made, An Post had a change of heart and lo­cals had un­til Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, to lodge any sub­mis­sions.

‘We had in ex­cess of 200 in­di­vid­ual sub­mis­sions and then we also drew up a joint sub­mis­sion on be­half of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. I know a lot of busi­nesses also lodged their own sub­mis­sions out­lin­ing how im­por­tant the post of­fice is to lo­cal busi­ness and the lo­cal com­mu­nity,’ said Deputy Pat Casey.

The com­mu­nity sub­mis­sion out­lined a num­ber of mea­sures which cam­paign­ers main­tain could lead to the post of­fice re­main­ing open at an­other lo­ca­tion in Laragh.

‘It is vi­tal we re­tain the ser­vice. We have re­ceived a huge level of sup­port. We have had six pub­lic meet­ings, all at­tended by 100 peo­ple or more.

‘We also had the pub­lic protest out­side the post of­fice which was at­tended by well over 200 peo­ple. Of­ten the lev­els of in­ter­est tend to wane the longer a cam­paign goes on, but not in this case. Now, the sup­port is even more res­o­lute,’ said Deputy Casey.

A protest out­side Laragh Post Of­fice in Jan­uary at­tracted over 200 peo­ple.

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