Fight to stop Manorhamilton Post Office being moved off Main Street

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Fight to stop Manorhamilton Post Office being moved off Main Street

Manorhamilton Post Office

The Post Office in Manorhamilton is in “serious jeopardy” according to Councillor Felim Gurn.


Cllr Gurn said An Post wants to move the post office to a “more central location” despite all the efforts from council and local people to re-vitalise Main Street.
Manorhamilton Post Office has been on Main St for 40 years and Cllr Gurn said “An Post have an agenda.”


He explained the Postmaster is retiring but the premises will be still be available as a Post Office, the family do not live above it. It was clarified that Manorhamilton will not lose their Post Office, but the business will be put up for tender and more than likely moved to a different location in the town.


Cllr Gurn said “if this happens thee will be eight derelict sites on Manorhamilton's Main Street.” He said the town has taken “serious hits during the recession” and this is “totally off the scale.”
Cllr Mary Bohan supported Cllr Gurn and added “there are excellent facilities there and it is in a good location.”


Cllr Justin Warnock also added that Kinlough Post Office will also be on the move. He said the Postmistress is retiring and “An Post are looking for a new location, that we don't have.”


Chief Executive of Leitrim County Council Lar Power acknowledged his family came from Post Office business and “there is a standard procedure used by An Post, the whole business will be advertised to tender.”
Cllr Gurn said this flies in the face of the efforts to “bring back businesses to Main Street.”

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