THE closure of a small post office in the city centre has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ for customers with one councillor saying it is another reflection of ‘out of touch’ An Post management.
Independent Cllr Mick Finn said the closure of the office based in a shop on the corner of Washington Street and South Main St (formerly Fannin’s Healthcare) has been under the radar and has discommoded hundreds of older people in particular.
“The staff at this post office got three weeks notice. It is a busy operation used by hundreds of pensioners to access payments as well as pay bills. This closure on Friday is symptomatic of a centralising agenda across many state and semi-state services that is putting people way outside the centre,” he said.
“When you consider that the Shandon Street and Grand Parade post offices are long closed, and look at the illogical decision to close the Cork mail centre — while leaving less efficient ones open in Athlone and Portlaoise — you’d have to wonder who’s looking out for Cork city at the cabinet table.”
“Our postal service is crumbling, despite major opportunities afforded in terms of delivery of services on the internet.”