Naughten’s resignation linked to Athleague post office’s closure

Athleague post office would have remained open if Denis Naughten was still the minister in charge of the network.

That’s according to Neil Connaughton, whose family have run the post office and shop at the Roscommon village for the past 19 years.

Both businesses will shut entirely on January 23rd after the Connaughtons accepted a voluntary-redundancy package from An Post, and four people will lose their jobs.

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Mr Connaughton felt the business was no longer viable after An Post withdrew its contract.

But he was confident it would have been saved if Deputy Naughten hadn’t resigned as communications minister last October.

Denis Naughten informed the Taoiseach of his resignation in a short letter in October
Denis Naughten informed the Taoiseach of his resignation in a short letter in October

You can listen to the full interview with Neil here:

Neil also points out that customers who normally collected payments in Athleague post office will initially be offered the chance to do so in the Ballygar or Roscommon town branches. He also says they can opt to have them transferred to other post offices, such as those in Knockcroghery, Creggs or Castlecoote.