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Crowds protest at proposed post office closures in West Donegal

first_imgA large crowd gathered in An Bun Beag yesterday against the threatened closure of the post office there, as well as another post office in Bun na Leaca.This follows in the wake of the closure of Gort a’ Choirce post office at the end of October and the announcement last week that the post offices in Dunfanaghy and Burtonport would also close.Independent County Councillor Mícheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig told protestors that it was not only services that were being taken from the community but jobs as well, jobs that the community in Gaoth Dobhair could not afford to lose. “We have lost five hotels in this parish over the last few years and that has impacted not only on the number of people employed in the area, but on the social life generally and the tourist industry specifically,” he said. “What jobs we have in Gaoth Dobhair tend to be low paid and to have poor terms and conditions for the workers,” he said.As an example of this, he pointed to the recent industrial action by workers at RA Packaging in Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate to gain recognition of their Trade Union, SIPTU.Mac Giolla Easbuig cautioned against the community putting their faith in establishment politicians to sort out the economic, cultural and social problems in the area.“Since the foundation of the state successive governments, both Fine Gael and Fianna fáil, have deprived Donegal of much needed jobs, investment and infrastructure that other areas in the country take for granted. At every election politicians promise that they will ‘deliver’ for Donegal but it never happens. Several well known Donegal TDs from both main parties have held miial positions and have done nothing to stop the trend of neglecting their home county.” Mac Giolla Easbuig reiterated that the community had to lead the fight to retain jobs and services.In finishing up, Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig praised Conradh na Gaeilge for their unwavering support since the campaign started and the Socialist language activist organisation Misneach, both of whose members travelled to attend the protest and show solidarity.Crowds protest at proposed post office closures in West Donegal was last modified: November 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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