Donard lo­cals urged to add names to post of­fice sub­mis­sion

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

ALL mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity op­posed to the pro­posed clo­sure of Donard Post Of­fice are be­ing en­cour­aged to take part in a day-of-ac­tion tak­ing place on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Donard Post Of­fice Ac­tion Group will be ask­ing people to pub­licly sign up to a sub­mis­sion which will be sub­mit­ted to the in­de­pen­dent re­view process in an ef­fort to keep the post of­fice open. An­other sub­mis­sion will be pre­sented to Le­in­ster House.

Philip Ma­tuschka, a mem­ber of the three-per­son Ac­tion Group, is hope­ful there will be a large turnout at the day of ac­tion of­fer­ing their sup­port.

‘There were over 100 people at the pub­lic meet­ing we held last week so we would be hop­ing for a sim­i­lar num­ber on Satur­day. With re­gard to An Post, we don’t think they have abided by their own pro­to­col. As far as the Gov­ern­ment are con­cerned we feel they also have a holis­tic re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes be­yond the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the premises,’ said Mr Ma­tuschka.

On Mon­day last, Donard Post Of­fice Ac­tion Group in­vited Wick­low’s TDs to at­tend a meet­ing in the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre. Deputies Pat Casey, Andrew Doyle and John Brady attended.

‘I think it was a con­struc­tive meet­ing,’ added Mr Ma­tuschka. ‘We stressed how the cost of keep­ing open the post of­fice would be less than the loss of tax rev­enue if it closed. We es­ti­mated that roughly ten jobs will be lost over time lo­cally if the post of­fice closed due to the im­pact the clo­sure will have on other busi­nesses’.

The sign­ing of the sub­mis­sion takes place out­side Donard Post Of­fice at 3 p.m. Deputy John Brady has lent the cam­paign his sup­port.

He said: ‘The An Post plan to rip the heart out of Donard is a flawed one and the sub­mis­sion will out­line why that is the case. The post of­fice not only serves Donard, it servers a siz­able ge­o­graph­i­cal area which has a pop­u­la­tion of over 1,500, How­ever, An Post have stated that no com­mu­nity of more than 500 will be left with no post of­fice. An Post have also stated that no­body will live more than 15km away from a post of­fice, yet 33 per cent of the people cur­rently served by Donard post of­fice will live more than 15km away from Dunlavin. This is they want to move the ser­vices to.’

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