An Post refuses to meet local politicians as meeting ‘in public’

The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Keogh, has led criticism of An Post’s decision to not attend tonight’s special meeting on that company’s controversial plans for the future of its services in the county town.

An Post initially accepted an invitation to attend this evening’s meeting but then declined to do so on being informed that the meeting would be held in a public forum, as opposed to ‘in camera’.

Cllr John Keogh (Cathaoirleach) said this was a ‘simply outrageous’ stance and that the semi-state body was treating the elected members of Roscommon County Council with contempt.

With no An Post management present at the meeting, local politicians could only repeat the frustration and anger of the public at the news that the iconic post office building in Roscommon Town is facing closure, with a contractor-run model being introduced.

Amid calls for prospective postmasters to avoid expressing any interest in the contract, councillors insisted the service should remain in the current building and that An Post should in fact expand its services.

After strong criticism of An Post, it was decided that a delegation from the Council, accompanied by local Oireachtas members, should meet with Minister Jack Chambers and a representative or representatives of An Post.

Senator Eugene Murphy indicated that this meeting would most likely take place towards the end of next week. Deputies Michael Fitzmaurice and Claire Kerrane, who were also present, emphasised that all local Oireachtas members are united in their opposition to An Post’s plans.