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News - Donegal Sinn Fein

Doherty Calls on An Post to Retain Dunlewey Post Office Branch

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Monday) called on An Post to retain Post Office services in Dunlewey and to immediately advertise the branch licence to all interested parties.

Deputy Doherty’s comments come following a meeting he hosted today in Dunlewey between a local derogation, Public Representatives and An Post officials to discuss the future of the village’s Post Office following a decision by the company to place the branch out to Public Consultation.

Speaking following today’s meeting, Deputy Doherty said:

“I organised today’s meeting with officials from An Post to allow for a local derogation to meet with the company, face to face, and to relay the wishes of the local community surrounding the future of their Post Office.

“Dunlewey Post Office, like in other rural areas, has been at the very heart of this community for generations and it was crucial that the company sat down to meet with the very people who would be directly affected by any decision made in relation to the branch.

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Uncertainty Continues to Surround Irish Language Assistance Scheme and Additional Schools - Doherty

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has strongly condemned the Government over the lack of certainty surrounding the Irish Language Assistance scheme ‘Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga’ for the current school year.
Deputy Doherty’s comments come following a reply to a Parliamentary Question from the Minister for the Gaeltacht in which he fails to to give a commitment that the additional schools which had been announced by the Government will now be covered as part of the scheme.
Deputy Doherty said:
“As everyone knows, I have been making representations on behalf of schools for some months now over the terrible delays to deliver the Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga.

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Easpa soiléireachta Fós Ann maidir le Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga agus Scoileanna Breise – Doherty

Tá easpa soiléireachta an rialtais ó thaobh na scoileanna breise a bhí le bheith páirteach i Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga don scoilbhliain reatha á cháineadh go géar ag Teachta Pearse Doherty.

Tagann na tráchtaireachtaí déanta ag Teachta Doherty sna sála ar fhreagra ar Cheist Dála a bhí tugtha ag an Aire Gaeltachta ina theip air gealltanas a thabhairt go gclúdófar na scoileanna breise a bhí fógartha ag an Rialtas mar chuid den scéim.

Deir Teachta Doherty:

“Mar is eol d’achan duine, tá uiríll á ndéanamh agamsa le dornán míonna anuas ar son scoileanna mar gheall ar na moilleanna tubaisteacha chun Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a sheachadhadh.


“Fógraíodh i lár mhí Mheán Fómhair go mbeidh trí scoil déag breise ann i mbliana mar ránnpháirtithe don scoilbhliain 2016/17- agus scoileanna i nDún na nGall, Pobalscoil na Rossan; Scoil Náisiúnta an Chéidigh; Scoil Náisiúnta Mhín na Gabhann; agus Scoil Náisiúnta an Bhrocaigh, ina measc.


“In ainneoin an fógra seo, b'éigean dom riar na scéime a chur os chomhair an Aire i nDíospóireacht sa Dáil mar bhí Cúntóirí fós le ceapadh do scoileanna agus iad ar tí dul ar bhriseadh lárthéarma.


“D’admhaigh an Aire go ndéarna sé faillí chun a chuid dualgaisí a chomhlíonadh ó thaobh na scéime agus na scoileanna breise a bhí le cur san áireamh, agus thoiligh sé go n-íocfar airgead riaracháin agus go mbeidh na socruithe sin curtha i bhfeidhm ar an toirt.

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Doherty Urges Public to Make Submissions on Future of Dunlewey Post Office before Friday Deadline

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Wednesday) urged the local community in Dunlewey to get their submissions as part of the public consultation in relation to Dunlewey Post Office into An Post before the deadline for submissions closes this Friday 11th November.

Speaking ahead of this week’s closing date, Deputy Doherty has also welcomed correspondence from An Post in response to a Sinn Féin request in which the company has confirmed that it is willing to meet with the local community as part of the consultation process to discuss the future of the branch.

Deputy Doherty said:

“As everyone is well aware, An Post last month initiated a process of public consultation into post office services in Dunlewey following the decision by the current Post Mistress to step down from the role after having given more than two decades of service to the community.

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