Delight as PO gets green light to stay open

Danny Healy-Rae: delighted with the news

DESPITE the threat of closure that had cast a cloud over the community, it has now emerged that Mastergeehy Post Office will remain open provided a suitable candidate offering a suitable premises to operate the service is found.

An Post’s decision to close the business following the retirement of the postmaster was referred for independent review and it was decided to grant permission for Mastergeehy to run its own post office.

An Post had initially proposed to amalgamate the office with Waterville but one of the factors considered in the review was that it would mean transferring a PO in a Gaeltacht location to a non-Gaeltacht area.

“The company has decided that it will now proceed to advertise the vacant post office contract. Mastergeehy Post Office will, accordingly, remain open provided a suitable candidate offering as suitable premises is forthcoming from the selection process,” An Post confirmed.

An Post said it re-examined all correspondence and petitions submitted on the matter by the local community and public representatives.

The decision has been welcomed by Deputy Danny Healy-Rae who said he was “absolutely delighted” with the news.

“This gives the people a chance to tender to retain their post office. I wish Humphrey O’Connor and the people of Dromid and Mastergeehy all the best when they tender to provide this new service,” he said.

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