DUNKINEELY POST OFFICE CLOSURE: Call made for joint approach with other post offices

Public Meeting: More than 100 people told need for unity is key

DUNKINEELY POST OFFICE CLOSURE: Call made for joint approach with other post offices

Gerry McLaughlineditorial@donegaldemocrat.com

The people of Dunkineely will have to join forces with other county Donegal towns whose Post Offices are under threat if they are to have any chance of keeping any form of the service in their town.

And if they can present a united front for the county Donegal, they will have a much better chance of forcing the government to listen to their case.

As one male speaker from the crowd put it colourfully:

“This is bigger than Dunkineely, we stand by ourselves but if we stand for ourselves, we won’t succeed.

“But we need to come together as a county and as the north west we need to be a force to be reckoned with.

“If we stand united we have a chance and if we are a force to be reckoned with, then we have a voice.”

Local representatives attend meeting

That was the clear message as speaker after speaker, that included local representatives like Pat The Cope Gallagher, TD, Thomas Pringle TD, councillors Niamh Kennedy, Tom Conaghan and councillor Michael Naughton told a large crowd of around 100 that this was their best chance of saving their Post Office which has been in the town for generations.

The challenge now was to take the next step and that means combining with towns like Ballyliffin, Ballymagan, Bunbeg, Burnfoot, Churchill, Culdaff, Culkenny, Dunaff, Dunfanagahy, Gortahork, Kindrum, and Quigley’s Point.

And meeting co-ordinator Roger Meehan repeatedly told the meeting that it was important to recognize that the Post Office was closing on September 30 and that could not be halted.

But he urged the large crowd to come forward with ideas to save the service.

That is what the meeting was all about and they also needed to form an umbrella group to speak to liaise with the local representatives and begin the fight to save the Post Office.

All of the representatives pledged their full support.