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Show of support for Greencastle Post Office 18.09.13

PEOPLE are being urged to offer a show of support for the continuation of Greencastle Post Office at a gathering outside the premises this Friday.
The organisers say the event is not a protest but an "opportunity to continue to promote our campaign for future provision of services" at the long-standing post office.
"Since last Tuesday our cause has seen a great outpouring of support, from both our own community and neighbouring communities to messages of support from Canada, Australia, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the US," said one of the campaign's spokespersons, Gemma Havlin.
Supporters are asked to assemble at Greencastle PO on September 20 at 3.10pm.
Gemma Havlin and Fianna Fáil T.D., Charlie McConalogue.
Meanwhile, Inishowen Fianna Fáil T.D., Charlie McConalogue, said every effort must be made to save the seaside post office from closure.
He said he had been in contact with An Post following revelations that the premises could be shut down following the sad passing of former postmaster and community stalwart, Cyril Gormley.
“Greencastle Post Office has been in the Gormley family for almost a 100 years and it is at the heart of the local community. It’s insensitive that the family received a letter within five weeks of Cyril Gormley’s death notifying them of possible closure.
"I accept that An Post is facing its own considerable challenges but questions must be answered as to how this particular decision was made,” said the FF deputy.
“Closing this post office, which is an integral part of life in the area, would be a major blow to the community at a time when they can least afford it. It would amount to yet another attack on rural services in a county that has seen more than its fair share of cuts recently.
“An Post have confirmed to me that they are willing to meet with a delegation from the community to hear their views. They have also invited interested parties to submit their views on the matter no later than September 27."
Letters can be addressed to Peter Gillespie, Retail Operations Manager, An Post, Wine Street, Co Sligo. Alternatively emails can be sent to peter.gillespie@anpost.ie .
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