Limerick City post office to close down

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

AN POST has confirmed that its post office in O’Connell Avenue is to close - with a new one to open in Henry Street.

AN POST has confirmed that its post office in O’Connell Avenue is to close - with a new one to open in Henry Street.

A spokesperson for the postal service has said after two years in O’Connell Avenue, the service is moving a short distance away following a change in the contract. This brings to an end 37 years of continuous service by the same provider, with the post office first located in Clontarf Place.

It is understood that from mid-April, the popular local post office will now be located beside Willie Sexton’s pub on Henry Street.

However, fears have been expressed that elderly people will face increased dangers because the new post office will mean they have to cross over the busy Henry Street junction.

Former city councillor Win Harrington is upset the postal service did not consult with local residents before the move.

“In Henry Street, there are no pedestrian crossings, and there are a lot of elderly people in the area, so how are they to access the post office? This is a very serious situation. How are they going to serve the community? There are a lot of elderly people living in St Joseph’s Street/O’Connell Avenue. How are they to get to the post office,” she asked.

In a letter sent to some residents on the city’s southern exit, it is stated: “Sadly, after 37 years of business, An Post has decided to transfer the contract for the operation of this post office to another provider.”

A spokesman for An Post said the move came about as the postmistress resigned from the job.

“We advertised for a new contractor to take over this job. A contractor came forward with a new premises just around the corner, and they hope to open in mid-April. It is much better positioned, a brighter, newer office,” the spokesperson added.

He confirmed there will be no job losses. Labour’s southside City Councillor Joe Leddin - who lives nearby - called on An Post to confirm to residents exactly where the new post office will be located.

“People would much prefer if the location could be retained. I don’t think that is possible because of the new contract being issued. It is a busy post office, I use it myself, and there is a genuine concern among people they would have to travel an inordinate distance. I would ask the post office quickly announce their plans, this is the least that can be done,” he said.