The closure of the 17 post offices in Donegal including seven in the  Inis Eoghain  peninsula will have a detrimental impact in rural communities, a Donegal  Councillor has claimed.

Commenting on recent Post Office closures announced for Inis Eoghain, Sinn Fein Cllr Albert Doherty stated: "There is no comfort in An Post 's assertion that 100 of the post offices due to be shut are in 'remote areas.' An Post is failing in Inishowen by not delivering on its commitment, as part of the reformed network, that 'communities of more than 500 people would have a Post Office.'
In relation to the 500 people commitment, Cllr Doherty instanced eligible voter numbers in the current register of electors in four electoral divisions: namely: Ballyliffin (686), Culdaff (795), Culkeeny  (544) and Dunaff (476).

He said: "These figures belie An Post's commitments to Rural Communities. G
overnment has a
responsibility to ensure the sustainability of the post office network, however a greater pursuit and responsibility must be the future sustainability of vibrant serviced rural communities.

"The Protocol added to the Agreement between An Post and the Irish Postmasters' Union,

which leaves it open for others in the seven areas in Inishowen where a postmaster  / postmistress has retired, to make an application for a new licence, should be highlighted by Government and An Post and where pursued, sympathetically considered to enable a vibrant sustainable livelihood for families in rural community, "concluded Cllr Doherty.

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