1,000 sign petition as post office set to close
A petition has been launched to prevent An Post from closing one of its branches in north Dublin.
It has emerged that the organisation intends to close its post office in Finglas East in the coming weeks due to the retirement of its postmistress.
A number of local politicians have criticised the imminent move, and a petition against the closure has so far been signed by more than 1,000 people in the area.
Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who represents the Dublin North-West constituency, described An Post's plan to close the branch as "completely wrong".
"It's an unwelcome development," he said.
"It's opportunistic on the part of An Post to close this post office based on the retirement of the postmistress, who has decided to end her service there.
"It's clear that this isn't related to any strategy at all."
Mr Rock added that a petition against the plan was available for residents to sign, and that more than 1,000 people had already been attracted to the cause.
Sinn Fein councillor Noeleen O'Reilly described the move as "unacceptable", while adding that elderly people would be most affected by the closure.
"It is not acceptable that An Post have taken the decision to close such a busy post office, simply because the postmistress is retiring," said Ms O'Reilly.
"Senior citizens and those most vulnerable will be affected the most.
"The decision to close the post office is a bad decision for those in the community that rely on it and need it."