Post office candidates could be running in the next general election in Donegal.

This follows a decision by postmasters at their annual conference in Kilkenny.

Members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) voted to give their full support to a comprehensive political campaign to protect the Post Office network and support local communities.

IPU Executive member and Donegal spokesperson Breid Gallagher said a number of Postmasters and community activists in different parts of the country have already approached the Union to stand on the Post Office issue.

“They will run in their own right as Independent candidates and will now have the strength of Postmasters behind them. These candidates will be supported by 1,100 Post Offices across the country who will be urging customers and communities to vote for the Post Office candidate over the Government parties,” she said.

“If the Government takes the necessary steps to protect the Post Office Network, it may not be necessary for the candidates to run. However, if there is not urgent progress, candidates and the constituencies they are running in, will be announced after the summer,” Ms. Gallagher said.

Galway Postmistress, Seona O’Fegan who has a Post Office in Barna, announced her interest in standing in the Galway West constituency at the conference – with more announcements expected.

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