Clogheen Post Office
Cllr Marie Murphy is delighted to announce today that the result of An Post's Independent Reviewers examination of Post Office services in Clogheen has had a positive outcome. The Independent Reviewers looked into the feasibility of Post Office services in Clogheen and noted the 2016 Census figures and the Fine Gael Councillor's comprehensive submission and as a result have requested An Post to consider a renewal of contract for post office services in Clogheen. ‘This is a great day for all of us in Clogheen. The independent reviewers have recognised that the population of Clogheen is sufficient to merit a Post Office and I am delighted we persisted with our appeal. We knew that the 2016 census data indicated a population of 478, and the onus on me, in appealing the decision, was to prove the population had increased in the past 2 years and was continuing to increase. Cllr Murphy stated that ‘I am truly delighted with the decision of the independent reviewer, and my understanding is that An Post will now advertise for a new retail partner to run a contract Post Office. Proven retail and business development skills and a suitable premises are required. Applicants can now engage with An Post to ensure the future of post office services in Clogheen'. Cllr Murphy also expressed gratitude to all who helped in any way with the submission, but in particular, to Mary Newman Julian, Fine Gael General Election Candidate and Tim McCarthy, of McCarthy, Looby, Solicitors, Cahir.Mary Newman Julian added ‘I was delighted to be able to assist Cllr Marie Murphy in her appeal to retain Post Office services in Clogheen. The review found that An Post's decision in respect of the provision of Post Office services at Clogheen was made in accordance with the protocol as the population was less than 500 people in census 2016, but the independent assessor recognised the relative small shortfall in the 478 population and requested An Post to consider a renewal of the contract'.‘Cllr Marie Murphy put enormous work into a population review, contacting many people within the community to ensure she could provide evidence that the population of the town is now in excess of 500 people. This was no small task she took on, but she was fearless in her approach and adamant to make this work for the town. This is a great day for Clogheen and one which demonstrates the benefit of good public representation'.