Councillors at Sligo County Council have expressed deep concern over the "imminent closures" of post offices throughout the country, and what it says is the threat to the long-term future of the remaining post offices.

Last month, it was announced that over 150 post offices around Ireland are to close as part of a deal reached between An Post and the Irish Postmasters’ Union.

Today, the council agreed a number of motions related to the closure of post offices, and called on the Government to enact a Private Members Dáil Motion of 11 November 2016.

This motion calls for the implementation of "a new community banking service operated by An Post to be made available in all post offices throughout the country".

The motions are to be sent on to the independent review body on post offices.

Cathaoirleach of the council, Martin Baker, said he never saw a council as united on an issue.

"The message should be loud and clear, and as many people as possible should go to the protest planned in Dublin for next week," he said.

Sinn Féin Cllr Chris McManus said the decline of rural Ireland cannot be allowed to continue any longer.

Independent Cllr Margaret Gormley said just because a post mistress or post master is going to retire, that does not mean that the business should go.

Referring to Gurteen, where the post office is due to close, she said that if the post office is taken out of there then businesses will suffer, jobs will be lost and the whole fabric of the area will suffer.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady said the local people have the support of the council, but the decision will be made at central Government.

Cllr Hubert Keaney, Fine Gael, said the fight is not just about closing Ballinfull and Gurteen post offices, but it is about galvanising a campaign to promote rural Ireland.