Cllr Kelly said;
"I have been in regular contact with An Post since the post office in Duncormick was closed without warning last May. This closure has never been adequately explained to the local population who have had to endure the harsh effects of losing what is a vital lifeline for a rural area. Whether it is the pensioners who have had to travel an extra eight miles to collect their money or the local businesses who have seen custom dwindle, the knock on consequences of this closure is having a clearly detrimental effect on Duncormick and the surrounding area."
"I attended a large public meeting organised by the local community to demand the reopening of their post office recently. Shortly afterwards I was contacted by An Post who have informed me that they are taking submissions from interested parties in a consultation process that seems to be geared up towards the permanent closure of the Duncormick post office."
"I would urge the local community who have shown such spirit lately in collecting petitions and organising a letter writing campaign to An Post to stick together now and prevent the permanent closure of this important rural institution. It is the efforts of the local campaign that has caused An Post to begin this consultation process, and it is within the power of the local people to force the reopening of Duncormick Post Office. Local Sinn Féin will support them every step of the way."