Three more Cork post offices threatened with closure, TD says as residents protest
A Cork TD said three Northside postmasters fear their post offices will be closed during a protest against the closure of the Montenotte Post Office at the Cork City GPO today.
“Three postmasters from Northside have told me they are concerned about the closure of their post offices, as well as other post offices in Cork City and County at large,” said the TD Thomas Gould.
He said that at the end of this month, “post offices will see a 20% reduction in the amount of money they receive, postmasters tell me they cannot afford this reduction, they won’t be able to pay their staff, their bills, it’s just not sustainable. “
He also said he knew someone who applied to become a postmaster who was highly qualified, but An Post rejected his application. It comes after An Post said they couldn’t find anyone to fill the post at the Montenotte Post Office after the lady who ran it for forty years retired.
The people of Montenotte will really miss this, I don’t think it’s good enough, I don’t think An Post is telling all the facts here, we need a public service agreement to ensure that the offices of positions remain open as they are a vital part of the community, ”added TD.
The Montenotte Post Office is the third to close in the Northside in the past two and a half years, customers using the post office are advised to drop by the St. Luke branch.
Francis O ‘Donnell, a retiree who lives in the area, said: “I think the government is losing touch with ordinary people, the post offices belong to the people for the people, the banks don’t care, they go. against the will, they are not there for the people. “
Tony Buckley, another man from Northside who attended the protest said he was using his local post office for “letters, stamps and to see people chatting,” he said he would be badly affected if his local post office, St. Lukes, was closing.