A number of public meetings will take place over the next number of weeks regarding the planned closures of Dunfanaghy and Gortahork post offices.

Announcing the move, Cathaoirleach of Donegal Co. Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill and Cathaoirleach of the Glenties Municipal District Cllr John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh have urged local residents, businesses and community groups to attend the meetings to have their say over the future of local postal services.

It comes following the announcement last month that over 150 post offices around the country are to close as part of a deal reached between An Post and the Irish Postmasters' Union.

The meetings will take place on Monday, September 17 in Óstán Loch Altan in Gortahork at 7pm and another is scheduled for Friday, September 21 in the Ozanam Centre in Dunfanaghy.

Cllr Ó Fearraigh and Ó Domhnaill said: “Following a number of public meetings throughout the county over the announcement last month from An Post that some 150 mainly rural post offices are to close over the comings weeks, we have decided to call a further two public meetings in Gortahork and Dunfanaghy.

“Having met with local residents and business owners in both villages over recent days, it’s clear that there is deep opposition to these planned closures and what is seen as a future attack on rural Ireland and the removal of local services.

“This is why we have organised these public meetings next week to allow the local communities in Gortahork and Dunfanaghy the opportunity to come together, to have their voices heard and to devise a strategy on how best to mount a campaign to retain these local post office branches.

“We would of course encourage as many people as possible to make a special effort to come along on Monday 17th and Friday 21st  and attend these public meetings where the communities in both Gortahork and Dunfanaghy can work together and show both the government and the company that the people of these villages will not simply stand idly by and watch local services be removed like this.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we look forward to working closely with communities throughout the west of the county where the local post office now faces a similar threat to its future, and we pledge to continue to work with all stakeholders to try and retain what is a vital local service.”

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