We have had it up to our eyeballs with a presidential puke feast for the last few weeks, but it’s what’s been
happening quietly on the sidelines that is having a disadvantageous effect on the lives of people who do not communicate by Facebook, WhatsApp, or Snapchat, but through face to face interaction.
The media have been focusing their biased attention on the presidential money go-round, instead of bread and butter issues that really matter.
Outside ofig an poist/Siopa Gort an Choirce on Friday morning, October 26, was like a scene from the Alamo as the surrendering of one of the few remaining vestiges of a postal network that was the life blood of every parish in the country took place.
The news spread via Radio na Gaeltachta’s airing on Barrscealta when reporters arrived unexpectedly to interview staff and customers. The disbelief and shock were evident on every facial expression which varied from being visibly angry or teary-eyed on those who came on their weekly or daily visit. This was a scene that has been replicated hundreds of times since a Fianna Fáil-led government started the onslaught on rural Ireland in 2011. It’s really a legacy of selling all in a futile attempt to pay off debts accumulated as a result government mismanagement during the Celtic tiger era.
It is now depriving the people of an asset which had its place and role in peoples’ everyday lives throughout the country.
Getting rid of Gort an Choirce post office as part of a cost-cutting measure does not take into consideration the loss of community interaction by sharing stories or chatting about the mad cost of the blasphemy referendum.
Champagne socialists like newly coroneted Michael D will have no worries about collecting his pension, he can always avail of the government jet, (for security reasons) or by chauffeur-driven limousine for the return journey.
Close on 35 years service as post master has been consigned to the dustbin of history by a stroke of the pen.