FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that the communities Ballineen, Desertserges and Drinagh deserve an explanation from Fine Gael as to why they are being targeted to lose their post office.
Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting as it emerged that up to 150 post offices in rural Ireland are potentially to close after their post masters and mistresses opted to take voluntary redundancy.
‘Taking away the State harp from over the door signals the State’s withdrawal from the village and effectively tells people that they State no longer sees that village as a viable place to live and work. There is a domino effect when it comes to the removal of State services from villages and rural towns,’ she said.
‘Fine Gael must come clean and explain why they are allowing this to happen. In particular they need to explain to these three West Cork communities why they are being targeted on this occasion,’ concluded Murphy O’Mahony.