Sceptical councillors want more clarity from An Post

A number of members of Roscommon County Council have raised concerns about An Post’s most recent statement in relation to its approach to the future of the Roscommon Post Office building.

At Monday’s meeting of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Emer Kelly raised the fact that An Post has issued an apparently conciliatory statement regarding its plans for the postal service in the county town.

Having indicated some weeks ago that the company would sell the landmark Roscommon Post Office building – on foot of switching to a contractor-led model – An Post now says it will seek to appoint a Postmaster to take over the running of the post office in the current premises at The Square. Some members of Roscommon County Council – such as Cllrs Marty McDermott, Emer Kelly and John Naughten – broadly welcomed An Post’s position, while others advised caution, reiterating their recently voiced reservations about the company’s overall plans.

Cllr Tony Waldron proposed that the board of An Post should appear before an Oireachtas committee to outline its plans for the future of the network.

Cllr Orla Leyden said that she wasn’t happy with the An Post statement of Friday last. She said it might be “good PR in the run-up to an election to pretend that all is well” but her view was that An Post is abdicating on its responsibility and that the Government is taking a ‘hands off’ approach. “I don’t think this is good news” Cllr Leyden said.

After a number of councillors had expressed reservations about the An Post statement, Cllr Paschal Fitzmaurice proposed that the Council write to An Post and insist that if the company doesn’t secure a suitable candidate to remain in the building, it (An Post) will commit to continuing to provide the service there. Cllr Nigel Dineen agreed, saying this is a time for members of the Council to be “smart and strong” in its engagement with An Post.