The future of the Ballycroy Post Office appears to be secure for now after An Post agreed to re-advertise the contract to provide post office services for the region.
There were fears in the Erris community that they would lose their post office after payments to the current postmistress were cut in July and that she was confined to the old contract, which made the situation unviable.
Hundreds of people from Ballycroy attended public meetings in the local community centre last month where they demanded that their post office be retained. The meetings were attended by public representatives who called on An Post to re-advertise the contract for the Ballycroy Post Office and not see the community lose a valuable asset.
Last week, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said he received confirmation from An Post that it will re-advertise the contract for Ballycroy Post Office.
Minister Ring said he is pleased with the response from An Post. He added that the current postmistress will remain in situ until such time as the vacant contract has been filled and that there will be no break in service.
“Cllr Gerry Coyle and I have worked very hard over the last number of weeks to ensure that Ballycroy retains its post office. I am very pleased with the outcome for Ballycroy. I am hoping that a local person will apply for the contract. I would urge the people of Ballycroy to come out and support their local post office,” Minister Ring said.