Shock as Roscommon Post Office to relocate

Roscommon Town Post Office.

The public in Roscommon town is reeling from the shock news that the landmark Roscommon Post Office building at The Square is set to close over the coming months, with the service to continue under a new postmaster in a new location.

News of An Post’s plans to switch to a ‘contractor-run post office’ model has stunned the local community and led to considerable anger and upset.

Roscommon Post Office has operated from a historic building in the town centre for decades. It is now set to vacate that landmark premises in the coming months.

Outlining details of the changes, An Post said that Roscommon Post Office will shortly become a contractor-run post office. A spokesperson said it was likely that a new location for the services would be sought by the new postmaster once the tender process has been completed.

The company said the Roscommon town branch will “join 95 per cent of the country’s 900-plus post offices” in this new business model. An Post has described this development as a significant business opportunity for prospective postmasters locally.

Staff have been advised that they will have different options, including taking up employment with the new postmaster, or being deployed elsewhere in the post office network.

The tender for the new contract will be advertised soon, after which a new postmaster will be appointed. The changes are expected to be completed over the next three months or so.