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Local TD calls on An Post to keep Frenchpark branch open

Aug 22, 2022 17:57 By Shannonside News
Local TD calls on An Post to keep Frenchpark branch open
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Claire Kerrane says the community must stand together.

A local TD believes a decision to close Frenchpark post office must be reversed to ensure the viability of rural living.

On Friday, the mail service announced it would not be renewing the branch's licence once the post mistress retires next month.

An arrangement which An Post claims was made in 2018.

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However, Sinn Fein's Claire Kerrane feels the local population has increased since the pandemic and says the company has a responsibility to rural communities.

She's now calling on An Post to reconsider its decision, one she believes would have a detrimental impact on the most vulnerable.

''We have to try and stand together. I know the community are very opposed to this as are the local elected representatives. And we have to try our best to see that this decision is overturned and at the end of the day, An Post speak about the responsibility they have and meeting the needs of communities and that being a priority for them. Closing Frenchpark flies in the face of that, and I do think they need to reconsider their position in relation to Frenchpark because at the end of the day, this is going to impact on our most vulnerable citizens. And that's not the right thing to do right now in relation to Frenchpark Post Office.''

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