An Post now says new Postmaster will run service from current premises

An Post has announced it will seek to appoint a new Postmaster to run the postal service from the current premises at The Square in Roscommon Town.

The company says it will seek expressions of interest in the coming days for a partner Postmaster to run the Roscommon office.

This will be viewed as a conciliatory move by the company in response to the public outcry which followed An Post’s recent announcement of plans to move its service in Roscommon to a contractor-led model.

However, while committing to seek a new Postmaster to run the postal service from the existing Roscommon Post Office building, An Post has also indicated its intention to work with ‘interested parties’ to map out a new future for the building whereby it would ‘serve a useful part in the ongoing development of the town’.

In a press statement, An Post says that the building will not be left vacant and that there is now a unique opportunity for the community to have both a new and more modern post office, contributing to the regeneration of the town centre, and a new community facility in the future.

A number of weeks ago, An Post indicated it would be switching to a contractor-led model in Roscommon, with the company stating at the time that the post office service would most likely move to a new location, with the iconic existing building then being sold.

The latest position, outlined by An Post on Friday, was conveyed to Senator Eugene Murphy.

In a statement issued by Angus Laverty, An Post Public Affairs Manager, the company said: ‘An Post is and remains focussed on delivering a quality service to the people of Roscommon. The local post office has served the people of the town for generations.

‘Our aim is to continue working at the heart of the local community while providing a quality, successful and sustainable post office for the future and situated within easy access for the people of the town.

‘To that end we have worked to adapt and transform our local post offices to the needs of the communities they serve. More than 95% of our post offices nationally are operated by Postmasters, local business people who partner with An Post to run the local post office.

‘We accept that the physical post office building remains a much cherished part of our presence in Roscommon.

‘To that end we will seek to appoint a Postmaster to take over the running of Roscommon post office in the current premises at The Square. The move is in line with our Transformation Agreement with the Communications Workers Union and An Post’s own Strategy for the future of the post office.

‘In the coming days we will seek expression of interest for a partner Postmaster to run Roscommon office. We will also immediately begin exploring the most advantageous future use of the post office building to support the future development needs of Roscommon town.

‘We will work with and in consultation with the local authority and other interested parties to this end.

‘The desired end result for all being the provision of a successful and sustainable post office for the people of Roscommon and the post office building continuing to serve a useful part in the ongoing development of the town’.

An Post added that the building will not be left vacant and that there is a unique opportunity for the community to have both a new and more modern post office – contributing to the regeneration of the town centre and providing the full suite of post office services – in addition to a new community facility.