THE FAMILY which operates the post office in Newcastle West are in danger of losing their contract with An Post due to alleged procedural breaches arising from a ‘Tiger’ kidnapping there earlier this year, it has emerged.
There is confusion in Newcastle West about the future of the local post office following reports that staff have been placed on protective notice as talks began between An Post and the Kelleher family, who operate the premises.
In June over €100,000 was taken from the post office after Tommy Kelleher, the son of post master Tom Senior, was kidnapped at gunpoint and held captive in a wooded area between Athea and Carrigkerry.
Tommy had been left in charge of the premises while his father, mother Geraldine and siblings Ronan and Maeve were on holiday in Spain.
It is understood that a number of procedural breaches which were identified in the aftermath of the kidnapping have led to An Post stepping in and threatening to revoke the Kellehers’ contract.
In a statement, An Post said that it is “involved in a process with the contractor in relation to a number of matters arising out of the running of the post office in Newcastle West”.
The statement added that it would be “inappropriate” to make any further comment.