There has been much criticism of the decision of An Post to incorporate new branding on Gurteen Post Office, even though the office is due to close on Thursday next, February 28.
Images of the new branding and signage were posted by The Crossbar pub in Gurteen in which they expressed the opinion the decision further highlights a lack of appreciation of matters concerning rural Ireland.
New signage erected today 19-02-19 at the post office which is closing on the 28-02-19.— The Crossbar (@thecrossbar1) February 19, 2019
Does this not prove that those in the GPO don’t know what’s going on in rural Ireland? #SaveGurteenPostOffice #AnPost @campaignforleo @simoncoveney #512Population pic.twitter.com/lr5uVMMOLl
The tweet has generated widespread reaction with Gavan Reilly, Virgin News political correspondent describing the post as "tweet of the year."
Tweet of the year 2019: new An Post branding is unveiled at a post office which will cease operating seven business days later. https://t.co/kPbtEDmo9i— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) February 20, 2019
In reply to a question regarding why the decision was taken to carry out the work at Gurteen Post Office, even though it is to be closed next week, An Post commented that Gurteen, "as a working post office, was fitted with the new collateral earlier this week as were other Sligo post offices."
Post offices all over the country are currently being provided with An Post’s new logo and signage. Gurteen, as a working post office, was fitted with the new collateral earlier this week as were other Sligo post offices.— An Post (@Postvox) February 21, 2019