Updated: 30/01/18 : 06:29:10
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An Post dragging their heels on local post offices' strategic review - Walsh

Thomas Walsh, Co ordinator of the Save Ballygawley Post-Office Campaign has hit out at An Post management for dragging its heels on its National Review.

Ballygawley Post Office was served with a review notice on the 11th November 2016 following the death of the local Postmaster. A temporary contract is currently in place.

Walsh stated, “in March 2017, An Post`s Chief Executive, Mr Redmond is on the record stating the review should be completed in a number of weeks. Now we find ourselves in January 2018, after a €30 million investment by the state and tax payer in An Post and after an increase in postage rates we are still no further on in terms of a completion date for the review.

A letter dated 15th August 2017 from Mr Tom O Neill, Head of Contractors and Retail Support, An Post, reiterated to the campaign working group that “ no decision would be made on the future of Ballygawley Post Office until such time as a nationwide review has been completed”. 

This review is said to take into account shifting demographics, the changing marketplace for services and the economics for postmasters.

“It is totally unacceptable that a commercial company after getting a bailout of €30 million from the Irish taxpayer cannot confirm when its national review is to conclude and be published. It seems to me that the management of An Post are intent in not communicating transparently with its customers and I would urge all our Oireachtas members here in Sligo Leitrim to actively seek answers from An Post”.