Two hundred submissions call for Laragh Post Office to remain open
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.