RENUA Ireland leader cllr. John Leahy has said that; ‘’the closure of the small village of Pullough’s Post Office is a story of our time for rural Ireland’’.
The RENUA Ireland leader said
‘’Devery’s Post Office has given so much service to the people of the area for years. Now it is about to become another statistic; another service stripped away from Rural Ireland.
Bean-counters and bureaucrats will be happy with the closure of Devery’s. It will cleanse their ledgers.
They know too that public outrage will dissipate after a few days.
Every Rural Representative knows the value of a Rural Post Office.
It is time however to move from soft compliments to pragmatic actions.
The many incentives to have payments such as welfare and pensions paid directly into recipient’s bank account represents the bureaucrats closure of post offices by stealth.
A business needs footfall and areas such as Pullough has seen very little population growth over the last 20 years.
Pullough is not unique so why nationally is there not a greater effort to protect Rural Communities and services – we pay taxes as well.
I have witnessed and worked with a small group of volunteers who stood up and lead the way in establishing a Community based shop in Pullough which celebrated its first anniversary in July this year.
This was a massive Community project with the objective of keeping a vital service in the Community alive.
It is completely devastating for the Community after jumping one hurdle only to be faced with another knock back.
It is just another slap in the face from anonymous bureaucrats.
Ordinary hard-working volunteers can’t always be the primary leaders in a Community.
There needs to be greater intervention by the state to give people hope and pride in the Communities they live in.
The closure of Devery’s Post Office in Pollough is another example of how the lights are being turned off in rural Ireland by bureaucrats and politicians.
The Post Office is in many areas of rural Ireland the last heartbeat of the rural village.
This is something indifferent bean counters in Dublin and Dublin 4 ministers cannot understand.
We understand the consequences of a scenario where the rural post office will soon be as rare as the corncrake.
And we will community by community fight it.
It is time for new solutions rather than the current Pilate style washing of hands.
We should consider solutions like giving the post office a central role in elder care in areas like meals on wheels and social infrastructure generally.
Let’s use our infrastructure not bin it’’