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Sinn Féin call for retention of Strathroy Post Offices service

Published: 27 July, 2012

Sinn Fein Omagh town representative Martin McColgan has said that it is vital that services offered by the Post office are maintained despite the closure of the Mace store in Strathroy this week. Mr McColgan who is also the Chair of Strathroy Community Association said 'The Mace and Post Office are life lines for people living in Strathroy, particularly for older and vulnerable people, so it is with a great sense of sadness that the shop has closed.

'Unfortunately, this has created the added complication of the Post Office being located within the shop. The Post Office provides essential services, and for many people their benefits are processed through their nearest Post Office.

' It is only a few years ago that we fought to save Strathroy post Office and now hope that there is no threat to the service as the future of the shop is resolved.

MLA for the area, Declan Mc Aleer said 'On foot of the concerns raised to me by the Strathroy Community Association and local residents, I spoke directly to the Stakeholder correspondence team in London and to Mark Gibson, Senior Stakeholder Manager for the 6-counties.

'Whilst this is a complicated issue, I was glad to be informed that there is no threat to the service and that the post office will do whatever is necessary to ensure there is no disruption to the service. As such, I will continue to liaise with Post Office and the local community until this matter is satisfactorily resolved'.