A second South Tipperary rural community has decided to appeal against the decision to permanently close their local post office and it will be backed by a petition signed by more than 500 local residents.
Newcastle's Save Our Post Office Committee has sent a letter of appeal against the upcoming closure of the village's post office.
The appeal has been submitted to an independent assessor appointed by An Post to review rural post office closures in communities that believe they have good grounds for the service being retained. The deadline for submitting the appeal is today Friday, September 28.
The appeal letter sets out why the people of Newcastle need a Post Office and will include details of Newcastle community’s support and commitment to continuing the post office service.
The campaign group has set up a Facebook page “Save Newcastle Post Office” and has issued an invitation to local residents and businesses to write letters of support for the appeal submission.
Newcastle is one of eight Co. Tipperary communities facing the loss of their post office under a controversial voluntary retirement deal for rural post masters.
Ballingarry, Clogheen, Gortnahoe, Littletown, Templetuohy, Coolbawn and Upperchurch are the other communities in the county facing the loss of the service under the deal hammered out between An Post and the Irish Postmasters Union.
Clogheen's Save Our Post Office Group in Clogheen has also decided to appeal the decision to close its local post office. The group is citing Clogheen's substantial population of close to 500 in the village alone as one of its key arguments for saving the service.