Anger and frustration
in Laghey

The anger and frustration of the people of Laghey and the immediate environs was palpable at the recent public meeting over the recent closure of the Post Office in the small village.

The anger and frustration of the people of Laghey and the immediate environs was palpable at the recent public meeting over the recent closure of the Post Office in the small village.

Over three hundred people from the Laghey area jammed into the Parish Hall last Wednesday evening which was attended by many of the elected representatives from the south of the county including Thomas Pringle T.D., Pearse Doherty T.D., Cllr. Barry O’Neill, Cllr. Sean McEniff and Cllr. Michael McMahon.

The Mayor of Laghey Marion McCrea opened proceedings by welcoming those present and introduced Joe Gatins as chairman of the committee.

Many people spoke of their pure anger and frustration over the uncertainty of the future of the post office and stressed the inconvenience and the lack of public transport especially for some of the older residents who may not be driving.

Siobhan McGowan a spokesperson for the committee told the Donegal Democrat, “There is a lot of anger and concern in the parish at the moment and this was reflected by the large turn out at the meeting.

“Local people have been striving hard over the last few years to rejuvenate the village with festivals and various events and commercial investment and now An Post comes along and suspends the service.

“The closure of the office is driving people out of the area and depriving the already hard - pressed business owners of essential business.

“When someone goes off to Donegal Town to collect their pensions or social welfare or whatever, it is highly likely that they will do their shopping there is well. This is a major blow to the area and we are not going to accept it.

“There is also a social aspect to all of this as well in that the visit to the post office often provided the only opportunity for some of the older residents of the community to meet up - many of these live in quite remote areas and the Post Office was regarded by many as a social hub.

“The closure will also bring added congestion to the office in Donegal Town.”

Local politicians now hope to facilitate a meeting between An Post representatives and the Action Group which was formed at the meeting on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile the campaign over the weekend has stepped up a notch with posters placed in prominent positions in the immediate vicinity of Laghey demanding that the services be restored immediately.