Gardai have issued an appeal to members of the public who hold accounts at Laghey Post Office to have them verified at a main post office. They have also confirmed that garda investigations regarding alleged missing funds are ongoing but have not concluded.
It is believed that the amount of money under investigation at present, is between €8,000 to %10,000 although this figure could spiral upwards depending on how the investigation itself develops.
Meanwhile the future of Laghey Post Office or any post office in Laghey looks no clearer this week, following developments over recent days.
A meeting is apparently planned later this week between An Post and the local action group set up as a result of the unexpected closure, but for myriad reasons, this has not been possible until now.
Inspector Denis Joyce from Ballyshannon Garda station told this paper: “A full garda investigation is taking place regarding missing funds from Laghey Post Office.
“Gardai are currently investigating complaints made by two individuals. We are continuing to liaise with An Post. We would request that people who have accounts at Laghey Post Office to have them verified at a main post office.”
Asked about media comments that the investigation had concluded he added:
“Investigations are ongoing and have not been concluded. No file at this stage has been sent to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), but it is expected that a file will be forwarded in due course. An individual has been questioned by gardai and is assisting us with our inquiries.”.
Meanwhile An Post would not officially confirm or comment on any issues raised by this paper, other than issuing a brief statement as a result of ongoing legal matters:
“Laghey Post Office was closed by An Post arising out of concerns about the running of the office. An Post can make no further comment on the issue at this stage. Department of Social Protection Payments previously collected at Laghey Post Office are available at Donegal Town Post Office.
“Customers can also avail of all other counter services at neighbouring offices of their choice – Ballintra and Donegal Town being the two nearest options,” they said.
Most notably their reluctance to comment in any way about the future of postal services in the village, remain the most worrying aspect for locals. However, Post Office Action Group spokesman, Joe Gatins told this paper:
“We are hoping in light of recent developments that matters are reaching a conclusion and that it may speed up the opening of a post office in Laghey.”
Locals fear that the closure of the PO, will be used by An Post to take postal services away from Laghey on a permanent basis.