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  • Northside West

Locals express post office concern

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Locals express post office concern

Phibsborough Post Office on North Circular Road.

Locals express post office concern

Phibsborough Post Office on North Circular Road.

LOCALS concerned over the future of Phibsborough Post Office attended a public meeting last week in the local Scout Hall.

Rumours have been circulating in the area since it was revealed that An Post is tendering for a contractor to run the post office, along with six others nationwide.

As reported last week in Northside People, An Post is adamant it will remain open and that the range and extent of services will be unchanged.

“There’s no question of it closing,” a spokesperson said. 

“We remain committed to providing the area with the highest level of services for the future.”

However, local Labour Party representatives, including Marie Sherlock, say there’s a lot of confusion about what exactly is happening.

“There are no guarantees about future staffing levels, and staffing levels equals services,” she said.

“In such a busy post office, it is critical that we have sufficient numbers of staff to meet the needs of the hundreds that pass through on a regular basis.

“The experience across the country is that post office contracts with An Post are becoming increasingly unviable and if An Post could not run the post office in Phibsborough on a commercial basis, how could any private contractor expect to do the same?”

Former local Labour Party TD, Joe Costello, said Phibsborough was one of the few remaining branch post offices in the city.

“If this rate of closure by An Post continues, the only branch post office left in the City will be the GPO,” he said.

“All the others will be privatised by An Post which is now a semi-state commercial company.

“Phibsborough is an extremely busy and a privately operated sub-post office cannot possibly provide the same service.

“Phibsborough needs its branch office.

“It is rapidly growing with planning permission for a €50 million development of its shopping centre, the Cross City Luas will open on December 9, and the development of Grangegorman Campus for 24,000 students is taking place on its doorstep.

“Now is the time for An Post to expand its vision and its services for Phibsborough and retain the Post Office as a branch office and give this wonderful urban village a vote of confidence.”

Dublin Central Sinn Féin TD, Mary Lou McDonald, said she has written to Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, seeking clarification on the matter.

“Having already witnessed the relocation of the local sorting office from the area, there is genuine concern that any future reduction of postal services will negatively impact on people, particularly our senior citizens,” she said.

“The Government need to get their act together. They have failed to support any viable long-term strategies to support post offices, putting many of them in danger of closing.”

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