Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane raised An Post’s plans to close the post office building in the heart of Roscommon Town with the Tánaiste in the Dáil last Thursday.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Kerrane said: “There is great anger in Roscommon Town following the announcement by An Post of their intention to close the iconic building in the Square… and put the building on the market.
“The building was built in 1911 and means a great deal to the people of Roscommon – they do not want to see it closed.
“It appears Roscommon is the first county town to lose its An Post-run post office. The post office service is not being taken away and is to move elsewhere, maybe into a local supermarket or another building. This is not good enough.
“We have seen where post offices have been shoved into supermarkets and shops, usually cramped, with little or no privacy, almost out of the way. Is that what we want for our post office network?
“That model of co-location might work in smaller towns and villages where it saves the post office – and this model works in some villages – but it should not be a one size fits all (approach) and it should not be the model for county towns where the post office is thriving”.
Addressing Deputy Martin, the Sinn Féin TD added: “Elected representatives of all parties and none, including your own, at Council level and here, are against this move”.
Deputy Kerrane asked the Tánaiste to bring the issue to the attention of the Minister and to ask him to engage with elected representatives on these plans before they go any further.
The Tánaiste acknowledged the size of Roscommon Town and the importance of serving it and committed to raise the matter with the Minister.