‘If we wanted to live in Westmeath, we’d buy a house there!’

Monksland resident ‘addresses’ An Post

A Monksland resident said that there was a long delay in delivering his post recently – because An Post maintained that his was addressed incorrectly by being marked ‘Co. Roscommon’ instead of ‘Co. Westmeath’.

  The news emerged as the battle to save south Roscommon from being governed by Co. Westmeath continues to gather pace.

  Damien Mitchell, who uploaded an image of the ‘wrongly’ addressed letter of Twitter last week, lives on the Old Tuam Road in Monksland.

  He said that this was the first time An Post declared his post was incorrect.

  Mr Mitchell said: “This happened to be a letter about my mortgage and it ended up delaying the letter by over ten days.”

   However, he said that he wouldn’t be following An Post’s advice to change his postal address and was against proposals to ‘move’ south Roscommon.

  Mr Mitchell said: “I would not be in favour of it at all. If we wanted to live in Westmeath, we would have bought a house out that side.

  “Myself and my wife chose to live in Co. Roscommon. We like the area. Everything is Roscommon for us. The car is taxed in Roscommon. Our two girls are in school in Bealnamullia, which is still in Co. Roscommon.”

  A Boundary Commission, commissioned by Environment Minister Alan Kelly, are currently reviewing the local government boundary in Athlone.

  They are due to decide by the end of March whether they recommend the area be managed by Westmeath or Roscommon county councils.

  However, Mr Mitchell said that the Westmeath local authority had “run down” the part of Athlone they already had control over.

  He said: “From what I can see, the Westmeath side of town is run down.

  “You won’t see a Christmas light up on the west side of town and I would hate to see our area go into Westmeath. Not alone would you be switching counties; you are switching provinces as well.

  “I am more than happy to be in Connacht; I don’t want to be in Leinster.”

  Mr Mitchell said that the “only reason” why Weatmeath want to control Monksland was because of the area’s thriving industrial estate. It houses a number of pharmaceutical companies, who pay high commercial rates.

  “That is all they are after,” he said.