CORK South Central TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, has said that the centralisation of An Post delivery offices in Little Island could cause traffic chaos if the company decides to go ahead with this option.
On Wednesday,learned that An Post is considering closing its northside and southside delivery offices in Churchfield and Togher and redeploying staff to the soon-to-be-vacant Cork Mail Centre in Little Island. Whist no decision has yet been made, the idea has been met with significant criticism from Cork politicians.
Both the Churchfield and Togher depots are locations which customers can pick up deliveries which they missed and Mr Ó Laoghaire has opposed the centralisation of these services to Little Island. He has contacted An Post to express his “surprise and concern” at the option being considered.
“For customers, it will not be sustainable to have people from all over the city joining heavy traffic out to Little island to collect parcels when there are two facilities doing that perfectly well within the city and within easy reach,” he said. “It seems to be a complete contradiction from all An Post has said about the closure of Little Island last year. Were An Post satisfied to see staff depart and take redundancy?” he added.
The Sinn Féin TD said he has spoken to the chief executive and head of public affairs at An Post and has vehemently called for all An Post facilities and jobs to be preserved and protected.
Fianna Fáil councillor and former Lord Mayor, Tony Fitzgerald has also said he was “very concerned” to learn that An Post is considering gathering delivery offices in the Little Island premises. Mr Fitzgerald yesterday visited the Churchfield delivery office and has called for clarity from An Post with regard to their longterm plans for the Cork Mail Centre. “Churchfield is a very busy centre used by a lot of people. It’s vital that the northside delivery office remains where it is,” he said.
“There needs to be an expansion of semi-state services on the northside, not a reduction,” Mr Fitzgerald continued.