Large crowds have marched through Thurles in Co Tipperary protesting against the relocation move of the post office in Liberty Square to Thurles Shopping Centre.

People gathered at Parnell Street before marching to Liberty Square where the post office is currently located, for a rally organised by local action group Save Our Square.

A number of local business owners have criticised the decision to relocate the post office. 

Businessman Angus Broderick said the post office relocation would signal the death knell for other businesses located in Liberty Square and prove difficult for people with disabilities to access. 

Large numbers of senior citizens also took part in the march. Mary Carey, 88, said older people who collect their pensions at the post office in Liberty Square, feel let down by An Post’s decision to relocate.

Gerry McGovern, manager of the historic Hayes Hotel where the GAA was founded, said Friday is the busiest day of the week in Thurles and the relocation would have a detrimental effect on the town centre.

A number of politicians took part in the march, including Independent TDs Mattie McGrath and Michael Lowry as well as former minister and Labour TD Alan Kelly.

Local councillor Jim Ryan vowed to fight the decision to relocate saying: "Thurles will not lie down on this".

In a statement issued by An Post, the company said the new location is in line with the company's "transformation programme offering a new look retail offering for customers including a move away from old style post office counter layout."

The relocation, An Post states, has been driven by a "move to offer a host of new services and products to customers including financial services and integrating its growing eCommerce business."

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