Low turnout for North Kerry post office closure meeting

Kilflynn Post Office closure meeing, 5/9/2018. L-R: Cllr Toireasa Ferris, Sinn Féin, Brian Finucane People Before Profit, Tom O'Callaghan, Independent Postmaster Group, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, Independent, Deputy John Brassil, Fianna Fáil and Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, Independent.

Fewer than 20 people attended a public meeting against the closure of a North Kerry post office last night.

However, organisers denied that the low turnout in Kilflynn was an indication of public apathy.

People Before Profit organised the meeting in Kilflynn last night against the post office closure.

159 post offices nationwide have closed or will close under An Post’s rationalisation plan.

Under the plan, postmasters and postmistresses in the affected offices accepted redundancy packages.

An Post says the closures affect 3.7% of its customers and was necessary for the semi-state company’s survival.

According to Communications Minister Denis Naughten, An Post was virtually insolvent 18 months ago.

TDs John Brassil of Fianna Fáil, Independent deputies Danny and Michael Healy-Rae and Sinn Féin general election candidate, Cllr Toiréasa Ferris gave their support to reversing the closures.

Tom O’Callaghan of the Independent Postmaster Group says a national march is being organised for September 18th.

Brian Finucane of People Before Profit says he believes the low-turn out at last night’s meeting was due to the fact that Kilflynn Post Office had already closed.