Future of another Sligo Post Office in question

Possible closure of a West Sligo-based service.

Sligo News File

What is wrong when despite the area being represented by four TDs we are now hearing about another potential service loss to Sligo? This time it’s the possible closure of the post office in the West Sligo village of Easkey.

The service is a substantial and long-standing operation with three postmen also working from the premises.

However, it now appears that the office could be facing the chop with effect from next month, March.

It’s been said that An Post is looking at the situation and that public submissions are being invited.

For those who wish to contact them on the reported threat the telephone number of the local TDs are:

Eamon Scanlon, Fianna Fail party Spokesman on Business and Jobs: 071-9197903. Leinster House, 01-618 3395. Email: eamon.scanlon@oireachtas.ie

Marc MacSharry, another Sligo-based Fianna Fail Deputy: 071 9143616/086 267 47 64. Email: marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie

Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein: 087 6528318. Leinster House, 01 6183865. Email: martin.kenny@oireachtas.ie

Tony McLoughlin, Assistant Fine Gael party Whip. 071 9110011. Leinster House, 01 6183537. Email: tony.mcloughlin@oir.ie

Independent Michael Clarke is the Councillor for the area

Easkey’s local garda station was closed and gardai withdrawn in 2013. It was one of 95 shut by the Fine Gael-led government at the time.

Exodus of EIR from rural broadband procurement programme “a calamity” – Sherlock

‘Leaving only one company in the running has the potential to scupper the whole project.’

Sligo News File

The withdrawal of EIR from the rural broadband procurement process has been branded “a calamity” by the chairman of the ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock.

Commenting this afternoon, he said plans for the rollout of the

Seamus Sherlock, Chair, ICSA Rural Development Committee.

service had been beset with delays but that the move by Eir, “leaving only one company in the running, has the potential to scupper the whole project.

Farmers and small businesses around the country are being held back by the lack of broadband, he said.

“Farms, businesses and entire rural communities are being left behind which is completely unacceptable in this day and age.”

The submission of applications for schemes online is, he said, rendered impossible where broadband facilities are not laid on.

The withdrawal of Eir means the consortium led by energy group SSE and telecoms firm Enet is now the sole remaining bidder, he said. “This is a real concern.

“Over 500,000 homes and businesses in rural Ireland are now reliant on this consortium. Where will we be if they too pull out and even if they remain in the process how can we expect to get a fair result in a one horse race?”

Mr. Sherlock said he is calling on the Minister with responsibility for the rural broadband project Denis Naughten “to clarify the situation as matter of urgency.”